Rain is expected to begin around the evening commute today in Sacramento.
The National Weather Service is predicting a warm and moist Pacific weather system will move into the Sacramento region mostly after 4 p.m. and stay into Wednesday. Rainfall amounts are expected to be up to a quarter of an inch tonight and up to a half inch on Wednesday.
Rainfall amounts for this storm are much less than last week's five-day drenching because the oncoming system is forecast to be shorter in duration and weaker. Last week, downtown Sacramento got 4.74 inches of rainfall from Wednesday through Sunday.
Rainfall by the numbers for Sacramento:
Total since July 1: 7.78 inches
Normal for the same period: 4.16 inches.
Percent of normal: 187 percent.
The 7-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the National Weather Service:
Today: Rain likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight: Rain. Low around 53. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Wednesday: Showers, mainly before 4pm. High near 62. South wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday night: A 30 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Calm wind.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Light west northwest wind.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Sunday night: Clear, with a low around 41.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 58.
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