Thunderstorms dumped rain and hail on some parts of the Sacramento region Thursday, while other areas remained relatively dry.
Thunder was heard by late morning in downtown Sacramento as large drops of rain dampened city streets. A thunderstorm moving through the area shortly after 5 p.m. had boosted the 24-hour rainfall total to 0.18 inches for downtown, said Karl Swanberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
A location about 2 miles southwest of Sleep Train Arena had recorded 0.26 inches for the 24-hour period as of 5 p.m., while Sacramento International Airport reported 0.10 inches.
In Placer County, 0.03 inches was recorded in Auburn. The Kyburz area in El Dorado County saw some of the heaviest rainfall, with 1.17 inches recorded for the 24-hour period, as well as hail up to about three-eighths of an inch in size, Swanberg said.
Unstable weather is expected to continue through the weekend, with a 60 percent chance of showers in the Sacramento area Friday and a 50 percent chance Saturday. Temperatures will be below normal for this time of year, with highs in the upper 60s to around 70 Friday and the upper 60s to low 70s on Saturday.
“We have this persistent area of low pressure hanging off the West Coast,” Swanberg said.
The chance of showers, though decreasing, is expected to continue into Sunday.
The forecast calls for a return of sunny weather Monday, with temperatures steadily increasing into the upper 80s by Wednesday.