The first sustained rain of the season was a hit-or-miss proposition as a weather front moved across the Sacramento region on Friday, soaking the foothills and delivering less than a tenth of an inch of rain to downtown Sacramento by noon.
The weather system is expected to drop from 1-to-3 inches of precipitation on Friday in the Sacramento Valley. In the Sacramento area, rainfall could amount to about a half-inch. The last time it rained more than a half-inch was April 27.
The National Weather Service timed the rain to reach the Sacramento area around mid-morning, missing most of the morning commute. However, as of 9 a.m., the rain still had not registered in rain gauges in Sacramento, Elk Grove and Folsom.
However, other spots did have some measurable rain: 0.35 of an inch in Auburn, 0.12 in Loomis, 0.04 in Roseville, 0.04 in Fair Oaks and 0.04 in Rancho Cordova.
As the day wore on, rain totals started to climb. As of noon rain gauges showed increasing amounts: 1.02 in Auburn, 0.36 in Loomis, 0.24 in Roseville, 0.20 in Fair Oaks and 0.16 in Rancho Cordova.
By noon other spots also started to register measurable rainfall: 0.23 in Orangevale, 0.06 in Sacramento and 0.20 at Folsom Lake. Some spots were still dry or barely wet: 0.03 at Sacramento International Airport and 0.00 in Elk Grove.
Saturday could also include some rain, followed by more on Sunday. Winds are predicted to gust over 20 mph both days.
Friday: Showers. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 67. South southeast wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tonight: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South southeast wind 8 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Saturday: A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of rain after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. South southeast wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Saturday night: Rain. Low around 59. Breezy, with a south wind 18 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday: Rain. High near 66. South wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday night: Rain before 11pm, then showers after 11pm. Low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 77.
Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 79.