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Swollen creeks and healthy totals in Sacramento rain gauges

jvillegas@sacbee.com

The heavy precipitation that fell on Wednesday is behind us, according to the National Weather Service.

Lingering showers are forecast for Sacramento on Thursday. The day will be good for raking leaves and letting creeks recede.

The NWS notes that although no new significant precipitation is expected, some streets are still flooded with small streams running high. Dry Creek at Vernon Street in Roseville has hit flood stage -- with other downstream sites possibly reaching flood stage later Thursday.

The warm storm that blew in with tropical moisture on Wednesday delivered a record 2.20 inches of rain to the gauge at Sacramento’s Executive Airport. That amount broke the previous record of 1.39 for Dec. 3 set in 1994.

At the official Sacramento rain gauge near Sacramento State, a total of 1.84 inches fell, not a record, but still representative of a very wet day. The total so far this month is already 2.46 inches in Sacramento.

The downpours during the afternoon that swelled gutters and resulted in numerous car crashes and power failures, pushed the seasonal total to above normal. Normal for the season in Sacramento by early December is 4.16 inches.

The seasonal total now stands at 4.67 inches, which is 112 percent of normal.

The detailed, 7-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:

Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday: Showers, mainly after 4pm. High near 63. South southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday night: Rain. Low around 55. South southeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Sunday night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Monday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 58.

Monday night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Tuesday: Areas of fog before 4pm. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Tuesday night: Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Wednesday: Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

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