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End of month-long dry spell in sight for Sacramento area

Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, is held by the gloved hands of handler Ron Ploucha during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather. Any sign of winter weather in Sacramento will have to wait until the weekend.
Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, is held by the gloved hands of handler Ron Ploucha during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather. Any sign of winter weather in Sacramento will have to wait until the weekend. AP

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Monday morning, predicting six more weeks of winter, but the Sacramento area isn’t seeing any rain for the next few days.

The dry, mid-60s weather is predicted to continue through the week until Friday, when there is a 60 percent chance of rain. The rain is forecast to continue into Saturday and possibly through the weekend.

The weather system could leave as much as 2 inches.

“It might end up being quite impressive,” said David Rowe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Total rainfall for the season so far stands at 9.29 inches, which is 84 percent of normal. The last time Sacramento saw rain was Christmas Eve.

Today is forecast to be clear with a high of 66 degrees.

The detailed, seven-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the National Weather Service:

Today: Patchy dense fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 66. Calm wind.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Calm wind.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Light south wind.

Tuesday night: Patchy fog after 10 p.m. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Light south wind.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

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

Friday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59.

Friday night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 52.

Saturday: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 62.

Saturday night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Sunday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

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