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Sacramento showers today; big storm forecast next week

Rainy conditions are forecast to continue Friday, but nothing like earlier in the week.

Still, the storm door is open. And the National Weather Service is predicting that next Thursday there is the potential for another big precipitation producer in Sacramento.

From September through November, rain was scarce in Sacramento:

September: 0.35

October: 0.37

November: 1.28

That added up to less than half of what normally falls in Sacramento during those three months. Then came this week when 2.46 inches fell in two days.

The city’s rainfall total is now at 109 percent of normal. Today’s rain should be showery and the weekend looks iffy, but down the proverbial pike is a big rainstorm.

Here’s what the NWS says about it:

“Relatively dry weather is expected Tuesday and Wednesday in between weather systems. Medium-range models remain in fairly good agreement with the next low pressure system, due to arrive next Thursday and Friday. This storm system late next week has the potential to be the strongest system we`ve seen this winter thus far, with snow levels potentially dropping below 5000 feet, gusty winds across the forecast area, and periods of moderate to heavy precipitation possible.”

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

Friday: Scattered showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10 a.m. High near 66. South-southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Rain, mainly before 4 a.m. Low around 57. South-southeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half an inch possible.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers before 10 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. South wind 5 to 7 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday night: Areas of fog after 10 p.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Calm wind.

Sunday: Areas of fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 64. Light southeast wind.

Sunday night: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Monday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

Monday night: A slight chance of showers. Areas of fog after 4 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Tuesday: Areas of fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

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

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

Wednesday night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Thursday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 59.

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

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