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    Dark clouds dominate the Sacramento skyline and the choppy Sacramento River on Friday, seen from West Sacramento.

  • Ken Steinhardt / AP

    Manufacturing Assembly worker Terry Young, 24, of Rialto, Calif., uses a sheet of plastic to protect himself from a downpour Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, as he jumps a flooded parking lot from a wood pallet to get to a food truck during his break in Anaheim, Calif. The first wave of a powerful Pacific storm spread rain and snow early Friday through much of California, where communities endangered by a wildfire just weeks ago now faced the threat of mud and debris flows.

  • James Quigg / (AP Photo/ The Victor Valley Daily Press

    Traffic splashes through water pouring across Bear Valley Road in Victorville, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The storm brought a welcome relief to California's current drought. The first wave of a powerful Pacific storm spread rain and snow early Friday through much of California, where communities endangered by a wildfire just weeks ago now faced the threat of mud and debris flows.

Latest storm boosts Sacramento’s seasonal rainfall total to 42 percent of normal

Published: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 - 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

We’re not out of the drought, but with Friday's storm, the seasonal rainfall total in Sacramento inched up to 42 percent of normal.

Friday brought a flood advisory and an early evening tornado warning, as well as 24-hour rain totals ranging from 0.73 inches at Sacramento Executive Airport to 2.28 inches in Fair Oaks, according to Karl Swanberg, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

A tornado warning was issued at 6:24 p.m. when a weather spotter reported a funnel cloud 9 miles south of Karnak and 6 miles east of Woodland near Interstate 5. It was reported moving at 25 mph. The warning ended at 7 p.m. with no reports of a touchdown, but Swanberg noted that because of darkness any damage might not be noticed until this morning.

As of Friday evening, the rainfall total for February in downtown Sacramento was 4.39 inches, bringing the total for the season to 6.34 inches. The normal rainfall at this point in the season is 15 inches, Swanberg said.

Rain is expected to taper off today, although the forecast calls for scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the Sacramento area, and a 20 percent chance of rain on Sunday. Highs today are expected to be in the mid-60s with easterly winds up to 10 mph and gusts up to 20 mph.

Sunday also is expected to be mostly cloudy, with daytime highs in the mid 60s and lows in the mid 40s Sunday night.

Rain and snow showers are forecast for the Sierra through the weekend, with snow levels at 5,500 feet. Highs around Truckee are expected to be in the mid- to upper-40s with lows in the mid to upper-20s.


Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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