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.
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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.