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Storm brings an inch of rain for Sacramento, a foot of snow to Sierra Nevada

Tom Collins of Citrus Heights shovels snow from his driveway in front of his cabin at Phillips Tract just below Echo Summit on Highway 50. Collins says he believes more than two feet of snow has fallen around his cabin which sits at 7000 feet.
Tom Collins of Citrus Heights shovels snow from his driveway in front of his cabin at Phillips Tract just below Echo Summit on Highway 50. Collins says he believes more than two feet of snow has fallen around his cabin which sits at 7000 feet. Sacramento

Sacramento received a late spring present in the form of a wet storm Friday evening.

Downtown logged 0.95 inches of rain, while Rosemont received 1.23 inches, the highest in Sacramento County. The 12-hour window of precipitation began 6 p.m. Friday and ended Saturday morning.

“Late season storms are really beneficial for our water resources,” said Robert Baruffaldi, a National Weather Service forecaster.

Sacramento moved from 67 percent of normal for precipitation to 72 percent overnight, according to Baruffaldi.

In the Sierra Nevada, the storm dumped roughly a foot of snow, including 13 inches of white powder in Kirkwood, the weather service reported.

Baruffaldi said snow continues to fall in the mountains Saturday. Chain control remains in place for Highway 50 in El Dorado County from Twin Bridges to Meyers, according to the California Department of Transportation.

As for future storms, Baruffaldi said, “We’re going dry for the next several days.”

Here’s the seven-day forecast:

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of rain before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. South wind 3 to 6 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Light west wind becoming northwest 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53. North northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light northwest in the evening.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind around 6 mph.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 85.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 83.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 80.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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