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Change? Chance of showers in Sacramento area this week is ‘slim’

Published: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 - 10:40 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

The Sacramento area has a “slim” chance of seeing see some showers this week, as a weak front moves in Tuesday night.

“The system is very weak and very moisture deprived,” said Stefanie Henry, forecast meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

“We give Sacramento a 15 percent chance of rain, and our best chance is Tuesday evening and again Wednesday night, but even those chances are pretty slim.”

The mountains might see a little more precipitation from this system, with a dusting of snow starting at 6,000 feet and dropping down to 4,500 feet.

January is typically Sacramento’s wettest month, averaging 3.97 inches of precipitation. Much of the city’s moisture comes during the winter months - December through February.

In the meantime, before the weak front moves into the area, daytime temperatures will continue to be well above normal.

A high of 64 degrees was forecasted for Sacramento Sunday, which is slightly below the record 68 degrees set in 2012.

Red Bluff is the only city in northern California expected to break a record Sunday. It is expected to reach a high of 71 degrees, which would beat the old record of 70 degrees set in 1934.

“For this time of year, it’s abnormal to have such a long stretch of above normal temperatures,” said Henry. “But we are expecting a cooling trend with this weak system moving in.”

The start of the work week for Sacramento will still be warm, with an expected high of 62 degrees, and a low of 40 degrees.

The normal high for this time of year in the capital city is 53 degrees, with the low around 40 degrees.

Tuesday will still be nice during the day - 62 degrees, but clouds will be moving in, bringing in a slight chance of rain at night. The low is expected to be normal - 40 degrees.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high of 60 degrees, but nightfall will bring more clouds, and another chance of rain, with the low around 40 degrees again.

Thursday will be partly cloudy, with a daytime high of 58 degrees. The low will dip slightly to 38 degrees.

It will start warming up slightly on Friday - the forecast calls for a high of 63 degrees, with mostly sunny skies. Night time temperatures will likely be around 38 degrees.

Another front is expected next weekend, but “the models are very inconsistent, so we’re not certain that’s going to happen,” said Henry.

For now, the forecast for Saturday is sunny, with a high near 62 degrees.

Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.

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