Two storms to bring rain in Sacramento Valley, snow in high Sierra

Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 - 11:33 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

Two major storms heading toward Northern California will bring much-needed moisture to Sacramento later this week.

“Downtown Sacramento will get significant rain on Wednesday and Friday,” said Brooke Bingaman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

The storm on Wednesday is expected to bring 0.55 inches of rain, while the system moving in on Friday will be wetter, with 0.85 inches of precipitation. Snow in the Sierra is expected only at higher elevations, at 6,000 feet above sea level on Wednesday and at 4,000 to 5,000 feet on Friday.

Tuesday will see some clouds moving in during the evening, but the day will be clear, with an expected high of 69 degrees and a low around 51.

The first storm will hit the coast early Wednesday morning, but Sacramento commuters don’t have to worry about the moisture until late morning or early afternoon.

But once it starts, the rain will continue the rest of Wednesday into the night, making for a soggy evening commute.

Temperatures will drop slightly, with a high of 62 degrees during the day and the low dropping to 50.

The rain will take a break on Thursday, which will be mostly cloudy. It will be slightly warmer during the day, with the thermometer hitting 66 degrees, but the mercury will slip to 51 degrees at night.

A second, wetter storm will move in on the last day of the work week, with thunderstorms possible on Friday and Saturday.

Since July 1, the start of the water year, downtown Sacramento has received only 4.95 inches of rain. The 1.4 inches expected later this week will bring Sacramento’s rainfall total to 6.35 inches for the water year. The normal total from July 1 through the end of February is 15 inches.

“We’re 34 percent of normal today (Sunday) and we will get up to 42 percent by the end of the month,” said Bingaman.

He added: “If we get a miracle March, an awesome April, and a marvelous May, it will definitely help us. It will not get us out of drought but it will put us in a much better position.”

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

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