March entered more like a lamb than a lion, with the high temperature Friday in downtown Sacramento tying the record for the date.
The high of 76 degrees matched the previous record for March 1, logged in 1936, said Drew Peterson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
Temperatures are expected to decline slightly over the weekend, with a high around 73 in the Sacramento area today and 70 on Sunday.
Although there is a chance of rain tonight and Sunday morning, Peterson said the weak system is likely to deliver no more than couple hundredths of an inch of precipitation.
"The second system, next week, will be more powerful," he said.
A storm that is expected to move through midweek could drop a quarter to a half-inch of rain in the Sacramento area, Peterson said.
Temperatures in the foothills and the Sierra area are expected to be mild over the weekend, with highs in the mid- to upper 60s in Placerville and the high 40s to high 50s around Truckee.
Next week's storm likely will bring snow to elevations above 3,500 feet and perhaps as much as 2 feet of new snow above 6,000 feet, Peterson said.