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Sacramento rainfall totals adding up as showers continue

rbyer@sacbee.com

Steady Monday morning showers have soaked the Sacramento region, producing a third of an inch of rain.

Totals by 9 a.m. included 0.32 in Sacramento, 0.35 in Elk Grove, 0.31 in Rio Linda, 0.35 in Rancho Cordova, 0.39 in Roseville, 0.47 in Loomis, 0.28 at Folsom Lake and 0.35 in Auburn.

By the time the chilly weather system exits the area on Wednesday, total rainfall could amount to about an inch of precipitation in Sacramento. That will pad an already rainy December.

As of Sunday, Sacramento has received 5.35 inches of rain in December. The total for the season stands at 7.56 inches, which is 142 percent of normal.

About a foot of snow is forecast to fall at the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada, much to the delight of ski resort owners. Periods of snowfall are forecast through Wednesday. Kirkwood ski resort was reporting just an inch of new snow Monday morning.

The detailed, 7-day forecast from the National Weather Service for the Sacramento area:

Monday: Rain. High near 53. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight: Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 47. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday: Showers, mainly after 4pm. High near 58. Light south wind increasing to 11 to 16 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday night: Showers. Low around 48. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. South southeast wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday night: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Friday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.

Friday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

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

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