A few sprinkles Friday will lead into a weekend that looks to be half dry, half rainstorm.
The moderate rain event that dampened Sacramento on Thursday has mostly exited Sacramento Friday, but the weather system is still dumping snow in the Sierra Nevada. Sacramento got a tenth of an inch of rain on Thursday.
National Weather Service forecasters are turning their attention to the weekend. Saturday looks like a good day to do some Christmas shopping with very little chance of rain forecast during the daylight hours.
However, Sunday the rain will start in the morning and be heavy at times, according to the NWS. Rainfall amounts in the Sacramento Valley are predicted to range from a third of an inch to an inch of precipitation.
Winds will accompany both snow in the mountains and the rain on the flatlands.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Friday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. South southwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. South wind 3 to 6 mph.
Saturday: A 10 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Light and variable wind.
Saturday night: Rain, mainly after 4am. Low around 48. Calm wind becoming south southeast 5 to 8 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Sunday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 57. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Sunday night: Rain likely before 10pm, then showers likely after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Monday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 52.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 54.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Wednesday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Thursday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 51.