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Rain, snow, fog and frost all expected in Northern California this week. Here’s when

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A storm hitting Northern California this week is set to drop modest rainfall in Sacramento along with several inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada range.

Meanwhile, patchy but dense morning fog is expected to descend on the Sacramento Valley each morning through Saturday. Weather and traffic officials remind drivers not to use high-beams in foggy conditions.

Nighttime temperatures will drop into the mid-30s late Thursday and Friday, National Weather Service forecasts show. Widespread frost is expected at night.

High temperatures near Sacramento should drop from the low 50s the rest of this week to the upper 40s Sunday and early next week.

When will it rain?

The weather service predicts up to a quarter-inch of rain may fall in the capital region during on-and-off showers, expected to start Wednesday night and likely clearing out before 10 a.m. Thursday.

Radar forecasts currently show dry conditions Friday and during the day Saturday, before a slight chance of showers returns Saturday night and into at least Sunday in Sacramento.

A trickle of rain fell during a week system earlier this week, with downtown Sacramento recording 0.04 inches Monday and 0.03 inches Tuesday, according to the weather service.

Northern California received a record-setting deluge in late October, but has otherwise seen scant precipitation as autumn draws to a close.

When will it snow?

The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory in place from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 4 p.m. Thursday, warning of mountain travel delays as between 5 to 10 inches of snow are expected at elevations above 5,000 feet. More than a foot could fall at elevations above 8,000 feet.

Gusts could increase to 25 mph Wednesday, but winds are forecast to be calm during Thursday’s snowfall.

Drivers heading through the Sierra should carry chains.

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