Rainfall Wednesday added to what is already the wettest January in recent years, with more precipitation expected Thursday before a brief dry spell on Friday.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 0.35 inches of rain had been recorded for the day in downtown Sacramento and more was expected during the evening, said Nathan Owen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Executive Airport recorded 0.23 inches and Sacramento International Airport, 0.32 inches.
Wednesday’s storm boosted January’s rainfall total to 1.66 inches in downtown Sacramento.
Owen said another round of rain is forecast for Thursday and could deliver from 0.10 to 0.25 inches to the Sacramento area. A respite from the rain is expected Friday before another storm arrives Saturday.
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The high Thursday in Sacramento is expected to be near 53 degrees with a low around 41 degrees. The forecast for Friday calls for mostly cloudy skies, with a 30 percent chance of rain after 4 p.m. and a high near 54 degrees.
Already January is looking promising as El Niño starts to deliver buckets of rain. January is normally one of the wettest months in Sacramento with an average 3.97 inches of precipitation.
January totals since 2010:
▪ 2016 as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: 1.66 inches
▪ 2015: 0.01
▪ 2014: 0.20
▪ 2013: 1.06
▪ 2012: 2.52
▪ 2011: 1.37
▪ 2010: 4.75