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Rain, light snow headed to the North State

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Rainy window

An unsettled weather pattern is bringing rain and light snow to the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Nevada.

The heaviest rains are expected today into tomorrow, with most of the snow falling tomorrow and Thursday.

Sara Purdue is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. She said the valley and foothills will see rain through the end of the week.

“Chico's looking at about a half inch to an inch total between Tuesday and Saturday,” Purdue said. “Highest totals are in more of the southern Sacramento Valley and northern San Joaquin Valley, and also the foothills.”

Purdue said the rain is not expected to pose any flood risk.

“Currently that’s not a concern,” Purdue said. “We're looking at an inch over five days? So, it should be fairly light rainfall.”

Even so, she said now is the time for homeowners to prepare for winter storms.

“Clear out your gutters and clear out any storm drains of leaves,” she said. “That'll help prevent any ponding of water on roadways.”

Purdue added that high elevation areas could see a few inches of snow over the next week, but that most mountain communities and passes are only expected to get a dusting.

Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.