SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — After a dry Halloween, a winterlike storm will impact Northern California with much-needed rain and snow.

Rain will reach the Sacramento/San Joaquin region Tuesday morning, spreading east into the foothills. The steadiest rain is forecast to fall between late Tuesday morning and early that afternoon. Scattered showers behind the initial front are possible into Wednesday.

While the Valley is forecast to receive up to a quarter of an inch of rain, some areas of the foothills may see two inches.

Sierra snow levels will begin near the 6,500 foot elevation Tuesday afternoon, gradually lowering to near 3,500 feet Wednesday morning. 

The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the west slope of the Sierra, to be in effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. The forecast calls for three to eight inches of snow above the 5,000 foot elevation, and nine to twelve inches above 7,000 feet. The snow will be accompanied by gusty winds which may create whiteout visibility for drivers. Travel will be difficult and chain requirements may be necessary. 

Valley temperatures will peak in the mid 60s Tuesday while Tahoe area temperatures briefly rise only into 40s in the afternoon before dropping below freezing.

On Wednesday the FOX40 Weather Center predicts a 24% chance of rain with scattered showers throughout the day. The high will be around 60 degrees while the overnight low will be around 37 degrees.

The National Weather Service says that Tuesday will see the heaviest rain while scattered showers will stick around through Wednesday evening.