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Coming rain could start as early as Thursday evening

Wednesday will be another dry, mild day after the driest January on record, but Sacramento could see rain as early as Thursday evening.

There’s a slight chance of rain Thursday evening, ramping up to a 50 percent chance of rain after midnight. There’s a 100 percent chance of rain on Friday and it is predicted to continue into Saturday. There may be a short break on Sunday, with more rain forecast to fall Sunday night into Monday.

Sacramento is predicted to get more than 3 inches of rain by Monday, after getting only 0.01 inches in all of January. The total rainfall for the season stands at 9.29 inches which is 82 percent of normal for Feb. 4.

Clouds are expected to grow throughout the day Wednesday and Thursday is predicted to be mostly cloudy. Wednesday’s high is forecast to be 65 degrees.

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

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the morning.

Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. South wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of rain after 10 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday night: Rain likely, mainly after 4 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 52. South-southeast wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: Rain. High near 61. South-southeast wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Friday night: Rain. Low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 63.

Saturday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

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

Sunday night: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

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

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

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