Monday is the first day of spring, and the season is expected to have a wet arrival with afternoon rain predicted.
The National Weather Service is predicting that Sacramento could get up to a half inch of rain Monday night. Showers are likely to continue into Tuesday and Wednesday. Thunderstorms producing small hail are possible beginning Tuesday, the NWS predicts.
After a sunny Thursday, the rain returns Friday and Saturday, making for a fairly wet stretch after a relatively dry early March. So far, only 0.16 of an inch of rain has fallen in Sacramento. Normally in March, Sacramento gets about 3 inches of rain.
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At higher elevations, rain is predicted this week for Blue Canyon in the Sierra along Interstate 80, but snow could fall at various times, according to the NWS.
The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Monday: A 20 percent chance of rain after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Monday night: Rain. Low temperature around 56 degrees. South-southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter- and half inch possible.
Tuesday: Showers likely, with possible thunderstorms after noon, some producing small hail. High near 67. South-southeast wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter- and half inch possible.
Tuesday night: Showers likely, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy with a low around 49. South-southeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation to a quarter inch possible.
Wednesday: Showers likely, with possible thunderstorms after noon, some producing small hail. Cloudy, with a high near 63. South-southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Wednesday night: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Friday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 58. Breezy.
Friday night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 49. Breezy.
Saturday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.
Saturday night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.