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Children get splashed by a passing car while playing in a puddle in Long Beach, Calif., Sunday, March 2, 2014. The storm, the largest since 2010, kept emergency planners and rescue crews busy, but it did not produce enough rain to pull California out of a crippling drought that has grown to crisis proportions for the state's vast farming industry.

Clearing Sacramento skies after overnight showers but more rain ahead

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 - 6:21 am
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

A moisture plume extending all the way to Hawaii portends more rain on Wednesday after a bit of precipitation dampened Sacramento overnight.

Forecasters note impressive rain totals of two to three inches were observed over the past 24 hours across northern Shasta and Butte counties. The totals for areas to the south were far less.

In the Sacramento region, totals were under a quarter of an inch. Heading up the hill to Auburn, the rain clouds were more generous:

Sacramento: 0.13

Rancho Cordova: 0.15

Folsom Lake: 0.20

Orangevale: 0.19

Rio Linda: 0.19

Sacramento International Airport: 0.15

Elk Grove: 0.16

Loomis: 0.27

Newcastle: 0.31

Auburn: 0.59

Some lingering showers are forecast for Tuesday in the Sacramento. However, for the most part, the day is expected to be mostly sunny.

The next change in the weather comes Wednesday when that nearly continuous stream of clouds extending off the coast to near Hawaii starts to move inland. The NWS forecast discussion online notes that most precipitation from the Wednesday storm will likely remain north of Interstate 80 during the day. Then, Wednesday night, spread south.

The Sacramento Valley could see a quarter-to-an-inch of rain. Snow levels are forecast to be above 8,000-feet elevation.

The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS:

Today: Isolated showers before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of rain after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Light south southeast wind.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 70. South wind 5 to 8 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday night: Rain. Low around 56. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. South southwest wind around 6 mph.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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