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Showers through Saturday for Sacramento

Tundra swans, who began arriving to the area in late October and early November from the Arctic take flight from a rice field which has been flooded after harvest on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 in Yuba County near Marysville, Calif. where they will stay through early February before heading north. Tours of the area are available with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Tundra swans, who began arriving to the area in late October and early November from the Arctic take flight from a rice field which has been flooded after harvest on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 in Yuba County near Marysville, Calif. where they will stay through early February before heading north. Tours of the area are available with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. rpench@sacbee.com

The first of three small storms is predicted to sweep through Sacramento on Wednesday, but the wet weather systems are not expected to add up to much in the way of precipitation.

The National Weather Service is forecasting that Sacramento may only gain 0.34 inches when all the raining is done on Saturday. Wednesday’s showers are expected to only amount to less than a tenth of an inch.

Light precipitation on Wednesday will be followed by a second system on Thursday and a third, wetter and more windy system, on Friday night and Saturday, according to forecasters. The third in the series of weather systems expected on Friday night is developing to the north of Hawaii and is looking impressive on satellite imagery, the NWS stated in the morning online forecast discussion.

However, the third storm will be mild with snow levels expected to rise in elevation, well above highway passes in the Sierra Nevada.

The expected rainfall totals for Wednesday through Saturday:

Sacramento: 0.34

Woodland: 0.33

Roseville: 0.41

Placerville: 0.66

Auburn: 0.68

Yuba City: 0.42

Grass Valley: 1.01

San Francisco: 0.20

The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Wednesday: Showers likely, mainly between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 61. Calm wind becoming south-southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday night: A chance of showers before 11 p.m., then a slight chance of showers after 5 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday: Rain likely, mainly between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming south-southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday night: A 30 percent chance of showers before 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Calm wind.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Friday night: A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 53.

Saturday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 63. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 63.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 44.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

Monday night: Patchy dense fog. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Tuesday: Patchy dense fog. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 65.

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

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