Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 5 : The Tower Bridge after a recent rain in Sacramento, California on January 5, 2009. 1

Passing storm expected to dampen area

Published: Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014 - 10:46 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

Sacramento residents can expect a soggy commute this morning, as a quick-moving storm moves heads out of town.

“The system should wind down in the afternoon … and we’ll see some sun,” said Jim Mathews meteorologist with National Weather Service in Sacramento. “It’s more than likely that there will not be much rain.”

The forecast calls for 0.10 to 0.25 inches of precipitation for Sacramento, with today starting off in the low 50s, and the daytime high to reach 69 degrees.

Snow levels should be starting at 9,000 feet above sea level as the system moves through the state, dropping down to 7,000 feet early this morning. Some of the higher ski resorts will likely see 2 to 6 inches of new snow before the storm moves out of the state.

“It’s going to be moving relatively quickly – that’s why the precipitation amounts will not be as significant as other storms,” said Mathews.

The Sacramento area has received 0.63 inches of moisture this month. A typical March will bring 3.02 inches of precipitation.

This storm will hardly make a dent in the ongoing drought. Since July 1, the capital city has seen only 7.07 inches of rain, which is 44 percent of the normal 16 inches by this time.

There could be some lingering showers in the mountains this afternoon, but after this storm, warm and dry days return for the rest of the week, when a high pressure ridge is set to start building back up over Northern California.

The high Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be 72 degrees, with the low dropping to 46 degrees, but increasing to 48 degrees on Wednesday night.

It should get slightly warmer during the day Thursday and Friday, with highs nearing 75 degrees. Nighttime lows are expected to be slightly warmer than normal at 50 degrees.

A balmy Saturday is predicted, with a high of 77 degrees, about 11 degrees above the normal 66 degrees. The normal nighttime low for March is 46 degrees.

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