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Cool week ahead; Rain, snow forecast Tuesday-Wednesday
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SACRAMENTO, CA - The last week of 2010 will be an unsettled and chilly one, with the exception of the brief dry break from rain Monday.

Monday will be a mostly dry day throughout the area. Highs will warm to the mid to upper 50s.

Hazy sunshine may peak through by midday with increasing clouds late ahead of another round of wet weather starting Tuesday. The heaviest amount of precipitation looks to be Tuesday night into Wednesday. Ski resorts could get another one to two feet of snow!

Snow levels will start high with this passing system around 6,000feet in the Sierra, but then drop down to 3,000 feet Wednesday morning, delivering snow down to foothill levels.

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon for the Sierra. One to two feet of snow is possible above 7,000 feet and 6 to 12 inches above 5,000 feet. Foothill locations could see a few inches as well. Gusting winds up to 50 mph may cause white-out conditions Tuesday night in mountain passes. Travel will be dangerous.

Valley locations could see half an inch  to 1 inch of rain by midday Wednesday.

As the front passes, a cold air mass will settle-in, dropping valley daytime highs into the 40s Thursday and Friday.

New Year's Eve morning temperatures may start right at freezing and mountain areas could be well below it.

Another round of rain moves into the area to usher in 2011.

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