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Impact Day Saturday due to heavy Sacramento rain, Sierra snow


Friday is expected to stay mostly dry throughout the day as Northern California is in a break between weather systems, according to meteorologist Dirk Verdoorn. However, a weekend storm is set to roll in Saturday. The storm is forming off the coast of California on Friday. “So when it hits, it’s not only going to bring some heavy rain is going to be some strong winds, too,” he said.KCRA 3’s weather team is calling Saturday an Impact Day due to heavy rain and wind in the Valley, and the impacts this system could have for Sierra travel. Weekend rain Rain will be heaviest on Saturday, with just some scattered showers into Sunday that will probably last into early Monday morning. The heaviest band of rain is expected to go through the Valley around 10 a.m. Saturday.“This is significant because we’re looking at a pretty good downpour associated with this,” Verdoorn said.Showers are expected through the rest of the day Saturday. As we go through Saturday, rainfall totals could get to over half an inch in Modesto to over an inch and a half in Sacramento. The west slope of the Sierra could see more than two inches of rain.On Sunday, more scattered showers start to pop up, with some periods of rain throughout the day. Rain continues into Sunday, and totals could come close to 2 inches in the Valley by then. Winds in Northern CaliforniaWinds won’t be much of an issue Friday, but will start to pick up Friday night. By early Saturday morning, steady sustained winds will be at 14 to 15 miles per hour. Some of the strongest winds will be Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and noon, which is also when Northern California may see some of the heaviest rainfall. Southerly winds during this time will be anywhere from 20 to 30 miles per hour, Verdoorn said. “That means gusts are going to be up over 40 to 50 miles per hour. So some very strong winds through Saturday morning and into the early afternoon,” he said. Winds will taper off as we go through the evening hours. Snow in the SierraSnow amounts are expected to climb Saturday and into Sunday. Throughout the weekend, some areas in the Sierra could see anywhere from 3 to 5 feet of snow, making travel dangerous. “There’s just this will be hard to keep up with all the snowfall that’s going to be taking place as we go through the weekend,” Verdoorn said.Click here for a look at Caltrans’ QuickMap for traffic conditions. Click here to search conditions by highway.| Video Below | Skiers, snowboarders hit the slopes for the weekend after Sierra snowstorms Warming centers in Sacramento, Stockton openSacramento County is opening a warming center at DHA 28th Street Annex from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Dec. 8. It’s located at 1725 28th St. in downtown Sacramento. Learn more in the video player below.The city of Sacramento is opening its Outreach and Engagement Center at 3615 Auburn Blvd. and the North Fifth Street Shelter lobby at 700 North Fifth Street through Dec. 8 from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Track real-time traffic updates here(App users, click here to see our interactive traffic map.)Track Northern California Doppler radar here(App users, click here to see our interactive radar map.)Download our app for the latestHere is where you can download our app for the latest weather alerts.Follow our KCRA weather team on social mediaChief Meteorologist Mark Finan on Facebook and TwitterMeteorologist Tamara Berg on Facebook and TwitterMeteorologist Eileen Javora on FacebookMeteorologist Dirk Verdoorn on FacebookMeteorologist/Climate Reporter Heather Waldman on Facebook and TwitterWatch our forecasts on TV or onlineHere’s where to find our latest video forecast. You can also watch a livestream of our latest newscast here. The banner on our website turns red when we’re live.We’re also streaming on the Very Local app for Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.

Friday is expected to stay mostly dry throughout the day as Northern California is in a break between weather systems, according to meteorologist Dirk Verdoorn.

However, a weekend storm is set to roll in Saturday. The storm is forming off the coast of California on Friday.

“So when it hits, it’s not only going to bring some heavy rain is going to be some strong winds, too,” he said.

KCRA 3’s weather team is calling Saturday an Impact Day due to heavy rain and wind in the Valley, and the impacts this system could have for Sierra travel.

Weekend rain

Rain will be heaviest on Saturday, with just some scattered showers into Sunday that will probably last into early Monday morning.

The heaviest band of rain is expected to go through the Valley around 10 a.m. Saturday.

“This is significant because we’re looking at a pretty good downpour associated with this,” Verdoorn said.

Showers are expected through the rest of the day Saturday.

As we go through Saturday, rainfall totals could get to over half an inch in Modesto to over an inch and a half in Sacramento. The west slope of the Sierra could see more than two inches of rain.

On Sunday, more scattered showers start to pop up, with some periods of rain throughout the day.

Rain continues into Sunday, and totals could come close to 2 inches in the Valley by then.

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Winds in Northern California

Winds won’t be much of an issue Friday, but will start to pick up Friday night.

By early Saturday morning, steady sustained winds will be at 14 to 15 miles per hour.

Some of the strongest winds will be Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and noon, which is also when Northern California may see some of the heaviest rainfall.

Southerly winds during this time will be anywhere from 20 to 30 miles per hour, Verdoorn said.

“That means gusts are going to be up over 40 to 50 miles per hour. So some very strong winds through Saturday morning and into the early afternoon,” he said.

Winds will taper off as we go through the evening hours.

Snow in the Sierra

Snow amounts are expected to climb Saturday and into Sunday.

Throughout the weekend, some areas in the Sierra could see anywhere from 3 to 5 feet of snow, making travel dangerous.

“There’s just this will be hard to keep up with all the snowfall that’s going to be taking place as we go through the weekend,” Verdoorn said.

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Click here for a look at Caltrans’ QuickMap for traffic conditions. Click here to search conditions by highway.

| Video Below | Skiers, snowboarders hit the slopes for the weekend after Sierra snowstorms

Warming centers in Sacramento, Stockton open

Sacramento County is opening a warming center at DHA 28th Street Annex from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Dec. 8. It’s located at 1725 28th St. in downtown Sacramento. Learn more in the video player below.

The city of Sacramento is opening its Outreach and Engagement Center at 3615 Auburn Blvd. and the North Fifth Street Shelter lobby at 700 North Fifth Street through Dec. 8 from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

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Track real-time traffic updates here

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Track Northern California Doppler radar here

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