Thursday night rain is expected to turn into a winter mix overnight and then transition into snow by Friday morning.
WHERE.Portions of northwest and west central Wisconsin and east central, south central and southeast Minnesota. Highs are forecast to reach only the teens in Duluth on Thursday, and the single digits above zero on Friday.
South wind at 5-10 miles per hour. Up to 3 inches of snow possible in valley locations with this initial push of winter weather, the National Weather Service in Missoula said in its daily forecast discussion.
A south wind will be 9 to 16 miles per hour, gusting to as high as 24 miles per hour. The rain, heavy at times will continue Friday and into Saturday.
Rainfall in Sacramento has totaled just 3.57 inches since the "water year" began October 1, or 45 percent of normal, and the new rainfall won't be enough to bring the region up to par.
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Thursday Night: Showers likely. This system will result in heavy mountain snow with 1-2 feet possible.
The combination of ice from the freezing rain and light snow on Friday may result in hard driving situations. "Temperatures Sunday morning and Monday morning will likely be in the single digits, and with the wind, we will probably have wind chills below 0". Snowfall of 4 to 7 inches and ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch are possible.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 10.
Sunday should be mostly sunny with a high near 36 degrees, the National Weather Service reports. Winds may gust as high as 30 miles per hour. Most of the rain comes ahead of that front, but an intense upper-air disturbance behind the front generates more rain - and some snow and sleet - in the colder air.