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    Shah Ahmed, center, and others pray during a special prayer for rain at the Salam Islamic Center in Sacramento on Friday. Prayers were offered at mosques throughout the capital region on Friday in response to the ongoing drought that is impacting area residents and agriculture.

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    Usayd Azhar 10, left, and his father Farooq Azhar listen to Imam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez during a special prayer for rain at the Salam Islamic Center in Sacramento Friday. The Islamic community’s prayers came after Catholic bishops asked people of all faiths to pray for the drought’s end.

Praying for the heavens to open

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 - 11:05 pm

After years of drought, and a day of prayer, the bone-dry capital region gets a glimmer of hope this weekend. A little bit of rain is expected to arrive today.

Today’s forecast calls for a weak frontal system to move through Northern California. It won’t be much, but it will be the first precipitation since Dec. 7. Here are the National Weather Service’s predictions for today’s rainfall: Sacramento, 0.01 of an inch; Roseville, 0.04; Woodland, 0.01; Placerville, 0.14; Auburn, 0.10 Things will be wetter in the Sierra Nevada, where the snowpack is one-fifth of normal. Up to 5 inches of snow could fall, and the snow level is expected to be about 5,000 feet.

On Sunday, though, it will be back to normal. High pressure is expected to return, bringing clear skies and above-average afternoon temperatures.

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