Northern California residents could expect to see a set of winter patterns after several days of hot weather with temperatures hovering in the 70s.

Experts believe the approaching weather pattern is a welcome sign to various areas in the region suffering from intense heat and drought. On Thursday, Sacramento Valley locations could have temperatures down to the 60s.

Weather Pattern

However, while it would remain relatively dry throughout the next few days, the temperature will become cooler coming into next week, moving into the 50s due to several cold storms.

On Friday night, the first storm of the week will hit the valley and stay until the overnight hours. Forecasters anticipate about 0.10 to 0.25 inches of rain for the majority of the region, while the foothills could see up to 0.50 inches of rain.

By early Saturday morning, snow levels in the area will go down to about 4,000 feet. Between Friday night and Saturday, mountain passes would see about two to six inches of snow.

For those who are planning to travel over the passes in Sierra, chain controls are possible only Saturday morning. While clear skies are expected on Sunday, the temperature will remain relatively cool, ABC10 reported.

A new set of storms will come to the region Monday next week, which would bring wetter and colder weather. Forecasts anticipate rain and snow chances to remain until at least Thursday as snow levels could drop to 2,500 feet frequently.