Dry weather returns Friday and Saturday after the rather disappointing storm of earlier this week.
The rain event that broke a long dry spell ended up delivering only .16 of an inch of precipitation in Sacramento. It had been forecast to deliver .43 -- and a later prediction put the anticipated rainfall at .60.
Although the rainfall in the Sacramento was a welcome sight, what fell to the ground barely quenched parched lawns. Michelle Mead, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, notes that this week’s precipitation is not expected to provide much beyond temporary, short-term drought relief.
“For drought improvement to occur, a very persistent wet pattern of at least moderate precipitation intensity is needed,” writes Mead. “This is not a very high probability based on the current outlooks for the next two weeks, (the) month of February and the next three months.”
During the main part of winter, much of Northern California, especially the mountains, averages two-to-four inches of rain each week, Mead said. Anything less than that amount, means water deficits will continue to grow.
“The rain this week will simply be a pause in the continually worsening conditions,” she wrote in an e-mail to weather watchers.
The storm this week did at least temporarily brighten the outlook at Sierra ski resorts. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows both received 10 inches of fresh snow by Thursday afternoon, and more fell overnight. Both resorts are open.
NWS meteorologists are calling for a slight possibility of rain on Sunday: a 20 percent chance is forecast in Sacramento.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 34. Light north northwest wind.
Saturday: Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Light and variable wind.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 61.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
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