RENÉE C. BYER/rbyer@sacbee.com

Shellie Miramontes, 44, smiles beneath Sacramento clouds with her cat Mowmow and dog Chino on Wednesday. She's been homeless for two years and said it was an up-and-down day. Miramontes said people gave her a Santa cap and pet food after someone else stole her blankets and identification. "I just can't live without my pets," she said. With just over half an inch of rain in the latest storm, the capital had several freeway spinouts and street puddles from storm drains clogged with leaves. After four storms and a week of sloshing, skies are expected to clear up today, with dry weather continuing and highs in the 60s. An afternoon breeze could reach 6 miles an hour. As of Wednesday night, rainfall in the previous 24 hours ranged from about a third of an inch in south Sacramento County to nearly an inch in the lower Placer County foothills, according to the National Weather Service. The 24-hour total in downtown Sacramento was 0.55 of an inch; 0.35 in Elk Grove; 0.83 in Folsom; 0.86 in Orangevale; 0.67 in Rancho Cordova; and 0.56 in Rio Linda. Del Oro High School in Loomis recorded 0.90 of an inch.

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