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Rains arrive Saturday, sticking around for holiday week

Old Sacramento visitors walk streets freshly washed by latest storm

Rain returned to Sacramento on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, washing the region that had gone dry after October's series of weather systems. Old Sacramento looked well-washed as heavy precipitation turned the weekend into a very wet affair.
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Rain returned to Sacramento on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, washing the region that had gone dry after October's series of weather systems. Old Sacramento looked well-washed as heavy precipitation turned the weekend into a very wet affair.

The Sacramento region’s run of dry weather comes to a soggy end Saturday, with forecasters predicting about an inch of rain through the weekend.

The rain begins a wet stretch heading into the holiday week, with the forecast suggesting a chance of rain Thanksgiving Day, becoming more likely in the evening.

“There should be a lot of wet in there,” National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Baruffaldi said Saturday of the upcoming days.

In the high country, 6 to 12 inches of snow is expected above 6,000 feet this weekend, with more snow at higher elevations.

Today’s rains are the first significant precipitation since last month, when Sacramento had more than 4 inches of rain , about four times the monthly norm. November has been almost dry, except for a tiny amount of rain Nov. 1.

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Here’s the multi-day forecast:

Saturday: Heavy rain at lower elevations and rain and snow at the higher elevations. Chilly.

Saturday night: Rain. Lows in the low 30s.

Sunday: Heavy rain showers in the morning, turning to showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the 50s.

Sunday night: Cloudy, with rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows of 32 degrees to 46 degrees.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers. Light winds.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with rain likely Tuesday night.

Wednesday: Rain and snow likely during the day, with the night mostly cloudy. Likely moderate snow accumulation in the high country.

Thanksgiving Day: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow, with rain and snow likely after dark.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow.

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