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Showers from Friday storm expected to linger into Saturday

Nearly an inch of rain fell in some parts of the Sacramento area Friday, keeping seasonal rainfall totals in the above-normal range.

Most of the rain for the 24-hour period occurred after midnight and caused some road flooding during the morning commute. As of 4 p.m., downtown Sacramento had received 0.85 inches and Sacramento Executive Airport had recorded 0.96 inches, said Craig Shoemaker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

That brought the downtown rainfall total for December to 7.48 inches and the total for the season to 9.76 inches, about 4 inches above the season total of 5.87 inches, Shoemaker said.

In the Sierra on Friday, precipitation alternated between rain an snow. About 0.9 inches of rain fell at Blue Canyon, around the 5,000 foot elevation. About 3 to 4 inches of snow had fallen during the morning, Shoemaker said.

The forecast calls for more rain showers Saturday, but rainfall is not expected to be as heavy as it was Friday, he said. About 0.10 inch of rain is projected for the Sacramento area.

Rain is expected to give way to patchy morning fog, then cloudy skies on Sunday, with mostly sunshine forecast for Monday and Tuesday.

Shoemaker said a weak system could drop down into the region on Christmas Eve. It it isn’t expected to bring a lot of moisture, though it might deliver some snow to the Sierra.

A daytime high of 60 degrees is forecast for the Sacramento area Saturday, inching up to 62 degrees Sunday and 63 on Monday.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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