Winter 2022 weather forecast for Sacramento, CA

Prepare for winter weather in Sacramento, CA with these seasonal temperature and precipitation outlooks.

The Old Sac Waterfront under an overcast sky

This photo makes us want to curl up wit ha big bowl of soup.

Photo by @goose.tavo21

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We know the question on your mind, Sacramentans — when’s it going to get really cold? Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in our city for December, January, and February. While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what winter will bring.

Reminder: The first day of winter is on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

A weather map showing temperature predictions across the US for winter.

Expect warmer than usual weather this winter.

Graphic via NOAA

🌡️ Temperature

Think cool. This winter, Sac has a 33-40% chance of temperatures being higher than normal.

🌨️ Precipitation

Expect about average precipitation. Our city is predicted to experience ordinary rainfall amounts for the season — which isn’t much and leads us to...

☀️ Drought

...ongoing drought conditions that are affecting the entire state are expected to persist this season.


December is typically the coldest month of the year in Sacramento, with temperatures averaging a high of 54° and a low of 41°. Rain falls for about nine days on average during the month, and most days typically experience less than 10 hours of daylight.


January’s conditions are similar to December’s, with average temps between 55° and 41°. Average rainfall for this month reaches only 1.1 inches, so grab your favorite warm beverage and enjoy a walk on a cool, clear day.


Things begin to warm up in February, as the average high creeps closer to 60°. The average humidity will begin to dip as well, lowering from 79% to 73%. The days begin to last longer in February as well, gaining almost a full hour of daylight when compared to December.

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