A strong weather system moved through Northern California Tuesday, dropping buckets of rain in a short time.
Rain fell throughout the morning commute and beyond in Sacramento. Nearly three-quarters of an inch was recorded at the official Sacramento rain gauge by 10 a.m.
Umbrellas were turned inside out as winds buffeted the region. Winds gusted up to 39 mph at Sacramento’s Executive airport.
Sacramento has received 4.75 inches in January, which is well above average for the month. The six-hour total as of 10 a.m. Tuesday:
Sacramento: 0.72 of an inch
Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center: 1.06
Elk Grove: 0.83
Walnut Grove: 0.79
Rio Linda: 0.75
Sacramento Executive Airport: 0.68
Rancho Cordova: 0.67
Fair Oaks: 0.67
Prairie City Road, Folsom: 0.67
High snow levels are expected Tuesday with the warm storm, which is expected to scamper eastward tonight in the Sierra. Snow was falling Tuesday morning at Northstar California Resort.
The resort has received 40 inches of snow in the last week. More significant rain and snow is expected Friday in Northern California.
The rain caused some traffic delays as crashes began to mount during the morning commute. Perhaps the most notable of the wrecks was the crash of a Federal Express truck into a guardrail on northbound Highway 99 just south of Dillard Road around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Wednesday and Thursday are forecast to be mostly dry. Then, another shot of rain is expected on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Tuesday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 59. Windy, with a south-southeast wind 14 to 19 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tuesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light south southeast after midnight.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the morning.
Thursday night: Rain likely after 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Friday: Rain. High near 60. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
Friday night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 48.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
Sunday night: Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Monday: Patchy dense fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.