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Less drama, more storms predicted for Sacramento region

They won’t be powerhouse storms such as the one last week that caused River Park resident Maya Gurung to use a blower to clean up soaked leaves on her street, but forecasters say a series of weather systems will bring more precipitation to Northern California this week.
They won’t be powerhouse storms such as the one last week that caused River Park resident Maya Gurung to use a blower to clean up soaked leaves on her street, but forecasters say a series of weather systems will bring more precipitation to Northern California this week. rpench@sacbee.com

Now that the powerful “Pineapple Express” storm has packed up and left, a series of less dramatic weather systems will sprinkle modest rain in the Sacramento region this week and a thin layer of new snow in the Sierra.

Storms beginning Sunday night are expected to bring less than an inch of rain to downtown Sacramento and a little more than 8 inches of snow in the Sierra through Wednesday.

“It’s definitely not as strong of a system,” said National Weather Service forecaster Eric Kurth in Sacramento. “We are expecting an unsettled pattern for most of the week with a series of disturbances moving through, bringing some rain and snow. But it’s going to be much more gradual, compared to what we saw last week.”

Last week’s storm brought gusty winds and 2.7 inches of rain to Sacramento and 2 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada, while flooding creeks, downing trees and triggering mudslides.

Despite its disruptive impact, the storm neither ended California’s severe drought nor provided a cure for water shortages. Yet so far this year, Sacramento has received 145 percent more rain than normal – including 7 1/2 inches since July 1.

Kurth said the expected weather systems are “pretty typical winter systems, nothing extremely wet and nothing really strong.” They are expected to be followed by a third modest storm on Friday.

Call The Bee’s Peter Hecht, (916) 326-5539.

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