Several Lake Tahoe ski resorts saw more than a foot of snow Tuesday as the first of two storms this week doused Northern California.
Homewood Mountain Resort reported a foot-and-a-half of snow, while Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe Donner, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Squaw Valley — Alpine Meadows all got at least a foot.
Most areas around Sacramento saw 0.65 to 0.8 inches of rain Tuesday, according to the California Nevada River Forecast Center, and around a full inch to an inch-and-a-half in Roseville and Auburn.
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Rainfall in the Sacramento area was relatively light Wednesday compared with Tuesday and by early evening the sun was shining in some areas, but a new wave of rain is due Thursday.
Between midnight and 5 p.m. Wednesday, downtown Sacramento received 0.12 inches of rain, boosting the total for March to an even 3 inches, said Karl Swanberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
That brought the total for the season to 1.1.45 inches, or 71 percent of the normal 16.24 inches.
Totals for the 24-hour-period ending at 5 p.m.Wednesday included 0.41 inches in Folsom; 0.26 inches in Lincoln; 0.44 inches in Auburn; 0.51 inches in El Dorado HIlls; 0.21 inches at Sacramento Executive Airport; 0.23 inches in Elk Grove's Laguna area and 0.06 inches near Davis.
This week's rains help compensate for a dry February.
"We dug ourselves quite a hole, but we're making a good effort to rally back," Swanberg said.
Between a quarter and a half inch of rain is expected Thursday in the Sacramento area, he said.
Showers are likely from late morning through the afternoon. A high of 53 degrees is forecast for Thursday, with an overnight low of 40 degrees.
Several Lake Tahoe ski resorts saw more than a foot of snow Tuesday. Homewood Mountain Resort reported a foot-and-a-half of snow, while Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe Donner and Squaw Valley — Alpine Meadows all got at least a foot. Northstar and Heavenly Mountain Resort saw 11 and 10 inches respectively.
An additional 12 to 24 inches of snow is expected at lake level from Thursday through Saturday, and 2 to 3 feet at elevations above 7,000 feet. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 5 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Saturday.
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