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December 1, 2012
National Weather Service: 'Biggest concern is what's coming in tonight'

Another day, another storm.

The winter weather has returned to the Sacramento region, after a brief break Friday afternoon. Sacramento has received 3 inches of rainfall since Wednesday. The National Weather Service is predicting more rain and high winds tonight and Sunday.

"Our biggest concern is what's coming in tonight," said Stefanie Henry, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. "Expect winds up to 40 miles per hour."

The latest storm will pack a stronger punch than the one on Friday. Winds could create traffic hazards and knock out power. The new rains could mean more flooding.

Snow is falling steadily on the Sierra Mountains, with snow levels averaging between 7,000 and 7,500 feet. "Pass levels aren't being too affected," Henry said.

Here's a seven-day forecast for the Sacramento region:

Today: Rain. High near 64. South southeast wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Temperature rising to around 62 by 4am. South southeast wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Sunday: Showers, mainly before 4pm. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 63. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South southeast wind 8 to 11 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Light and variable wind.

Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Tuesday: A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

Tuesday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Wednesday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

Wednesday Night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

- Richard Chang

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