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Oncoming cold storm delivers Sierra snow, some area rain

A skier rides up the Eagle Rock chairlift to the summit at Tahoe Donner ski resort on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in Truckee.
A skier rides up the Eagle Rock chairlift to the summit at Tahoe Donner ski resort on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in Truckee. rpench@sacbee.com

Except for a thunderstorm and some pea-size hail around Folsom, no measurable rainfall had been been reported in the Sacramento area as of early Friday evening and little if any precipitation is forecast for Saturday.

The Folsom area received 0.16 inch of rain between about 5 and 6 p.m., said Craig Shoemaker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Most of the storm activity in the Sacramento Valley occurred in Butte and Glenn counties, and that system was moving southeast into foothills and the Sierra, Shoemaker said. A burst of snow over the Interstate 80 corridor above Auburn was expected about 8 p.m., with the possibility for 1 to 3 inches of snow above the 5,000-foot elevation, he said.

Snow showers are forecast for the Sierra on Saturday, with the possibility for 4 to 8 inches of snow about 5,500 feet. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Saturday.

Partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the low 60s are forecast for the Sacramento area on Saturday, with a high of 65 Sunday.

Another system, similar to this one, is expected to move into the area Monday afternoon, but it, too, is likely deliver most of the precipitation over the mountains, Shoemaker said.

Sacramento rainfall so far this month:

Feb. 6: 1.07 inches

Feb. 7: 0.07

Feb. 8: 1.07

Feb. 9: 0.07

The detailed forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:

Saturday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. North wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 66. Northwest wind around 7 mph.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Monday night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 42.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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