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Sacramento forecast: A pair of storms is expected this weekend

Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 - 8:13 am
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

February got off to a wet start this weekend, with Sacramento getting some measurable rainfall.

The amount is small – 0.02 inch downtown and 0.04 inch at the Sacramento Executive Airport – but there are two more chances this week to add to that amount.

“We have two waves that will come through,” said Stefanie Henry, forecast meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “The first wave looks weaker than we might want – we might get some showers here and there – but that could change.”

The first wave will come Thursday, but the second one on Saturday will likely bring more moisture.

In the meantime, the weekend storm brought a sparse amount of rain to the west side of the Sacramento valley, the coastal range and the Delta.

Stockton got 0.08 inch of precipitation, Modesto a trace, and Woodland 0.04 inch.

The Sierra recorded up to 3 inches of new snow, and Lake County received up to 4 inches above 1,500 feet.

Like Monday, Tuesday is expected to be sunny with highs of about 57 degrees.

But clouds will start moving in on Thursday, with a 20 percent chance of rain. Sacramento will likely get some showers, with a high of 55 degrees and a low of 33 degrees.

“The system dropping through is coming from the north,” said Henry. “It will swing through California and go into the southwest United States.”

There is 20 percent to 40 percent chance of rain on Saturday, as a stronger system moves into the area. Rain is predicted to continue through Sunday, which has a 50 percent chance of precipitation. Daytime high is expected to reach 56 degrees and the night time lows about 43 degrees.

“As these waves start coming in, it will weaken the (high-pressure) ridge,” said Henry. “But we still need a significant amount to touch the drought.”

Last month was the third driest January for downtown Sacramento, which saw only 0.20 inches of precipitation. The driest January was in 2007, with 0.07 inch of rain recorded, followed by the one in 1889, which had 0.15 inch of moisture.

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

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