Cold (not so wet) weather headed for North Bay

Cooler temperatures are on the way after a stretch of balmy days that made Thanksgiving celebrations feel downright summery last week.

The area's first freezing overnight temperatures are expected to hit Wednesday morning and carry on into the weekend. A storm that could bring cool rain and freezing temperatures is expected to bring a quick blast of snow to the Sierra peaks as well.

"Winter is coming," said Diana Henderson, forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Winter won't officially arrive until Dec. 21, but temperatures are expected to get colder as the week wears on.

Today's high in Santa Rosa was predicted to be 64 degrees, followed by a high of 54 degrees Tuesday and 50 degrees Wednesday.

The first overnight freeze was predicted for Wednesday morning, with temperatures dipping below 30 degrees.

There's a very slight chance of rain in Santa Rosa on Tuesday and Wednesday, Henderson said.

The drop in temperatures and expected snowfall are the expected result of a storm that is predicted to come out of the Pacific Northwest <NO1><NO>Tuesday.

The storm could bring about eight inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada and snow could fall in areas as low as 2,000 feet, according to meteorologists.

A number of ski resorts have openings scheduled for Dec. 13, but some have opened their seasons already, with limited lift and trail access.

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