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Although the next few days will be dry, early next week snow and rain are much needed across parts of Northern California due to an atmospheric river heading towards the area. October, where flooding across the region was reported, and the city of Sacramento broke records for the most rainfall in a single day. While this upcoming weather system won’t be quite, the news of more rain and snow is welcome amid the ongoing severe drought. What is an atmospheric river? KCRA 3’s newest meteorologist Heather Waldman explains how it will impact the upcoming weather system. About 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible in the Sacramento Valley while 3 to 6 inches of rain is possible in the Foothills. This rainfall won’t affect streams and creeks in Sacramento County as much as it did in October. 5,500-foot elevations could see snow on Sunday. Snow will continue into Monday and will likely fall at a rate of 2 inches an hour. On Tuesday, snow levels will drop to lower elevations, anywhere between 2,500 and 3,000 feet. Details of the exact timing and amount of snow are still unknown at the moment. sustained winds of 30 to 35 mph, possibly even up to 45 mph. It is not yet clear whether this wind is capable of causing energy-related problems.

While the next few days will be dry, early next week snow and rain are much needed across parts of Northern California due to an atmospheric river heading towards the area.

The area has had no significant rainfall and snowfall since October storm where flooding across the region has been reported, and the city of Sacramento broke the record for the most rainfall in a single day. While this upcoming weather system won’t quite be, news of more rain and snow is welcome amid the ongoing severe drought.

View on | What is an atmospheric river? KCRA 3’s newest meteorologist Heather Waldman explains how it will impact the upcoming weather system.

Here’s what will happen and when.

Rain

A moderate amount of rain is forecast on Sunday and will pick up on Monday before weakening on Tuesday. About 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible in the Sacramento Valley while 3 to 6 inches of rain is possible in the Foothills.

This rainfall will not affect streams and creeks in Sacramento County as much as it did in October.

Snow

Residents living near 5,500 feet could start seeing snow on Sunday. Snow will continue on Monday and will likely descend at a rate of 2 inches an hour.

On Tuesday, snowfall will drop to lower elevations, anywhere between 2,500 and 3,000 feet. Details of the exact timing and amount of snow are still unknown at the moment.

Chain controls are possible, and possibly even blocked, for state routes 88 and 89.

Wind

There will be strong winds from Sunday night through Monday morning, with sustained winds of 30 to 35 mph, possibly even up to 45 mph.

It is not yet clear if this wind is likely to cause power-related problems.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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