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This NOAA satellite image shows an area of low pressure moving into the Pacific Northwest. This storm system is bringing rain and mountain snow to much of the region.

Trickle of rain expected in Sacramento region

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 - 10:09 am

A quick drip of rain is expected to fall in parts of the Sacramento region Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

But don’t expect the brief storm to be the answer to the area’s water problems.

“It’s very quick-moving and doesn’t have much moisture,” said Drew Peterson, weather service forecaster. “For most people, they won’t even notice. It’s going to be light sprinkles and probably not measurable.”

Daytime temperatures will remain in the upper-50s, dropping into the 30s overnight.

Most of the precipitation from the storm will end up in the Sierra Nevada, Peterson said. The weather service is predicting 2 to 4 inches of white powder for elevations of 6,000 feet and higher.

But Peterson had one caveat: “The snow won’t stick around long. It’s not going to change the situation up there, especially for the resorts that can’t create snow.”

The capital region and the Sierra are expected to move back into a mild, dry pattern, Peterson said.

Here’s the seven-day forecast:

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly between 11 a.m and 5 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. South wind around 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of rain before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 60. North northwest wind 7 to 14 mph.

Sunday night: Widespread haze after 11 p.m. Mostly clear, with a low around 39. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Monday: Widespread haze before 11 a.m. Sunny, with a high near 63. North northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Monday night: Widespread haze after 11 p.m. Clear, with a low around 37.

Tuesday: Widespread haze before 11 a.m. Sunny, with a high near 65.

Tuesday night: Widespread haze before 2 a.m. Clear, with a low around 38.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 66.

Wednesday night: Patchy frost after 2 a.m. Otherwise, clear, with a low around 38.

Thursday: Patchy frost before 11 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 65.

Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 38.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 63.

Click here for an interactive extended forecast.

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