Rain dampens Sacramento roadways

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 11:00 am

A slow-moving band of showers – about 25 to 30 miles wide – settled over the Sacramento region Monday, dampening roadways and causing numerous traffic accidents as travelers headed home on an unusually wet Labor Day.

Downtown Sacramento saw 0.13 inches of rain, while Elk Grove had nearly a quarter of an inch and Loomis nearly a half-inch by 8 p.m.

Lightning struck a Sacramento Municipal Utility District pole, causing it to fall on a car on Fulton Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. and resulting in a two-vehicle accident. The incident did not cause injuries but did cause a westbound lane of El Camino Avenue to be closed.

The showers were the result of a low-pressure system from the Northwest merging with a strong high-pressure system from the southeast that is rotating in monsoonal moisture, said Drew Peterson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. "This particular band of precipitation won't let up much in the next 12 hours," Peterson said. "It may remain stationary and taper off into Tuesday morning. By the time people wake up (Tuesday), it will primarily be over the foothills."

This week's forecast:

Today – Mostly sunny, with a high near 89 and a low near 60.

Wednesday – Partly sunny, with a high near 88 and a low near 60.

Thursday – Sunny, with a high near 88 and a low near 60.

Friday – Sunny with a high near 94 and a low around 65.

Saturday – Sunny with a high near 96 and a low around 66.

Sunday – Sunny with a high near 95 and a low around 64.

Call The Bee's Diana Lambert, (916) 321-1090. Follow her on Twitter @dianalambert. Read her Report Card blog at http://blogs.sacbee.com/report-card/.

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