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This NOAA satellite image shows a ridge building over the West Coast. The fair weather it will engender is expected to give way, though, to clouds and rain by the middle of the upcoming week.

Sacramento’s sunny weekend will give rain to rain next week

Published: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 - 10:17 am

Get out your umbrellas, Sacramento, rain is on the way, but not enough to affect drought conditions.

Though it will be around 70 degrees Saturday through Tuesday (the usual average is 63), with sunny skies and a few high clouds, “we have a change in the weather pattern beginning Wednesday,” said Stefanie Henry, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

“A series of wet systems will bring two to three inches of rain to the area Wednesday through at least next Sunday, and it looks like more rain will follow the week after that,” Henry said, with the “potential of some thunderstorms Friday.”

The storms will help relieve drought conditions “a little bit, but they won’t break it,” Henry said. “They could make a dent in our deficit, but there’s a lot of rain water to make up. Part of that is our below-normal snow pack. Our reservoir levels are still quite below what they should be. It would take a lot of (heavy rain) to even get close to breaking the drought.”

Snow levels will be at “about 6,000 feet Wednesday and Thursday, but a colder system will bring levels down to 4,000 feet Friday, Saturday and next Sunday,” Henry said.

As for banking on another “March Miracle” of big storms for Sacramento, Henry said there’s a 50-50 chance of “getting rainfall above or below normal in March.”

Best advice? “Hang in there, Sacramento,” she said.

Here’s the Weather Service forecast for the coming week:

Saturday: Sunny. Highs around 69. Northwest winds up to 10 mph.

Saturday night: Clear. Lows 40 to 46. Light winds.

Sunday: Sunny. Highs around 69. Light winds.

Sunday night: Clear. Lows 42 to 48. South winds up to 10 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs around 70. Light winds.

Monday night: Partly cloudy. Lows 43 to 49.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Highs around 67.

Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Lows around 49.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Highs 59 to 65.

Wednesday night: Rain likely. Lows around 47.

Thursday And Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Highs 61 to 67. Lows around 48.

Friday: Rain likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs 58 to 64.

Click here for an interactive extended forecast.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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