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Light rain douses Sacramento overnight. Will it be a wet season?

A brief nighttime rain, replete with thunder, visited the Sacramento Valley in the pre-dawn hours Saturday, the second storm to visit the region this week.

Sacramento received a trace amount of rainfall, most of it occurring between midnight and 2 a.m. Saturday, said Drew Peterson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

More substantial rain fell in the Sierra and foothills, a continued boost to efforts to douse the King fire in El Dorado County. The fire, near Pollock Pines, has burned more than 97,000 acres since Sept. 13, and is 78 percent contained. The area has seen an inch of rain in the last 30 hours, a quarter inch of it falling overnight, Peterson said.

The rain, while welcome, does not mean an end to California’s epic three-year drought.

“We still have quite a bit of precipitation deficit, and these rains have not made much of an impact,” Peterson said. “We’ll need several more systems before we start thinking in the direction of drought impact.”

Saturday’s forecast for the Sacramento area calls for temperatures slightly below average, with sunny skies and a high of 79 degrees.

Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of 80 and a low of 60. The week ahead will bring a warming trend, with highs ranging from the low 80s to the low 90s.

The Sierra and foothill regions can expect more showers Saturday, with a quarter-inch to a half-inch of rain, Peterson said

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