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Rain for Sacramento area on the way, but not much snow for the Sierra

Variable amounts of clouds are predicted over the next few days, but for the most part Sacramento is forecast to continue the warm, dry trend with highs in the mid-60s until as early as Thursday, when there is a 20 percent chance of rain.

There is a 100 percent chance of rain on Friday, tapering down to a 50 percent chance on Saturday and back up to 60 percent to 70 percent chance on Sunday. The rainfall is now forecast to be 3 inches or above.

“It’s a little early to nail that down,” David Rowe of the National Weather Service said.

The total rainfall for the season in Sacramento stands at 9.29 inches, which is 83 percent of normal for Feb. 3.

This is predicted to be a warm storm, so the snow forecast looks bleak for Tahoe and Truckee – snow is expected to fall above 8,000 feet, so only the highest peaks will see new powder.

Tuesday’s high is predicted to be 66 degrees.

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

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Light south wind.

Tuesday night: Patchy fog after 10 p.m. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Calm wind.

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

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. South wind around 5 mph.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the morning.

Thursday night: A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 53.

Friday: Rain. High near 61. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Friday night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 53. Breezy.

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

Saturday night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Breezy.

Sunday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

Sunday night: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Monday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Call The Bee’s Ellen Garrison at (916) 321-1006

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