March projected to be rainy, but no miracles expected

Published: Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

February was wetter than usual but no drought-buster. March will be wet as well, but weather forecasters are shying away from any predictions of a miracle month.

Sacramento could get slightly more than an inch of rain this week, with the first set of warmish showers expected to visit sometime today, increasing toward night and lasting through Tuesday morning.

“By Tuesday, we’re talking about a half-inch total,” National Weather Service meteorologist Johnnie Powell said. Not a deluge, but “when you’re in a drought, you take whatever you can get.”

That will be followed later in the week by a similar wet front, possibly Wednesday night and Thursday, dropping another half-inch of rain on a region moistened by some heavy rain in February. The upcoming weekend looks dry, Powell said.

“The (projected) pattern for March is wet right now, so that is a good thing,” Powell said. The region should get more than the average 3 inches for March, he said. It likely will be the last chance to add a little more water in reservoirs and snow in the mountains before the rain season ends.

“After April 1, the party is over,” Powell said.

As of late Sunday, Sacramento measured 6.6 inches of rain, just 43 percent of normal. On average, Sacramento has received 15.3 inches by now.

This week’s showers will come with moderate temperatures, mainly in the mid-60s to low 70s, weather forecasts show. Lows are unlikely to dip below 50 degrees until the end of the week. Those mild temperatures mean upcoming weather systems will drop snow only at summit levels, 7,000 feet and higher.

Downtown Sacramento saw a series of showers come through Sunday afternoon, dropping 0.18 inch of rain.

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.

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