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A pedestrian walks near the underpass that connects Old Sacramento with Downtown Sacramento during the first day of rain in 52 days on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 in Sacramento.

More chance for rain in Sacramento area

Published: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 - 9:21 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

Sacramento had a 40 percent chance of rain Sunday, but not much moisture was expected from the system.

“The low is tracking south, with the main entity missing us,” said Johnnie Powell, forecast meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “If we get rain, it’s not going to be enough to wet your whistle.”

Sacramento was expected to get less than a tenth of an inch of precipitation from this storm, which is concentrated west of the valley.

The same front will bring snow to the coastal mountains, but only about an inch of fresh powder to the Sierras.

The next chance of showers is for Thursday - about 20 percent, but the odds are greater for rain on Saturday, when another low pressure systems come through.

“They’re not lining up right now, ready to come in like when it is a really wet season, but at least we have a chance now,” said Powell.

February is typically the second wettest month for Sacramento, with 3.69 inches of precipitation.

The latest low pressure system was expected to move out Sunday night, so it will be dry for Monday’s commute.

It will be sunny Monday, with a high of 57 degrees, and a low of 35 degrees. The normal high is 58 degrees, and the normal low is 42 degrees.

Tuesday will see the daytime temperature creep up to 59 degrees, but the thermometer will drop to 34 degrees at night.

Wednesday will be a repeat of Tuesday with the same expected high and low mercury readings.

Thursday, another low pressure system will develop over the state, but it will just miss the Sacramento area, so there is only a slight chance of rain.

The daytime high will be a little cooler - 57 degrees, with the night time temperatures dropping down to 32.

Friday will be sunny, but will have the same high and low readings as Thursday.

Sacramento’s next best chance of rain will be on Saturday, when another low pressure moves into the state.

“The low will come further inland, and tracking southeast,” said Powell. “We’ll know more by mid-week.”

Since July 1, the start of the water year, Sacramento has only received 1.95 inches of rain, when the capital city should have received 11.4 inches to date.

Even if it rained every day this month, it is unlikely to match the wettest February on record for Sacramento - 10.3 inches in 1986.

“We would have to break the all time record in February to catch up,” said Powell, adding that even then, the total precipitation from July 1 through the end of the month will still fall short of normal.

The average amount of rainfall that Sacramento gets from July 1 through Feb. 28 is 15 inches.

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

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