A cold front is expected to rapidly sweep southward from the northwest corner of California on Tuesday, blanketing the Sierra with a fresh coat of snow and delivering the first rain in more than a week to Sacramento.
Rainfall, which is forecast to arrive in Sacramento around mid-day, is expected to be light-to-moderate. A total of a tenth to a quarter of an inch is predicted for Sacramento before the fall storm lessens around 4 p.m.
It has not rained in Sacramento since Nov. 15 when 0.33 of an inch was recorded. The total for the season to date is 1.75 inches, which is 62 percent of normal.
Neatly tucked between Sacramento’s morning commute and the evening drive home, the Tuesday weather event won’t be as kind to Sierra travelers. The National Weather Service is warning that roadways in the mountains will be a travel travail.
Moderate snow is expected to fall along Interstate 80 by mid-morning Tuesday. Heavy snow is forecast for the afternoon, approaching two inches an hour late in the day, according to the NWS.
Thanksgiving is forecast to be dry and sunny in Sacramento. The high on Thursday is predicted to be a chilly 53 degrees.