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Keep those umbrellas handy this Thanksgiving week

Sacramento is looking at a damp Thanksgiving week, but the rain isn’t expected to add up to much.

The National Weather Service predicts about a half inch of accumulation throughout the week as a string of wet weather systems move through the region, meteorologist Jason Clapp said. The rain is expected to taper off Monday and then resume Tuesday through Wednesday. After a short break on Thanksgiving, more wet weather is expected later Thursday and Friday, lingering through the weekend.

The expected rain totals could change as the systems get closer, but as of Sunday, they’re “not real strong systems, but enough to keep things moist,” Clapp said.

Since drops began to fall this weekend, Sacramento has seen .38 inches of rain, Clapp said.

Snow has been coming down in the mountains, dropping 8 inches in Kingvale and Chester. Snow is expected along with the rain this week, Clapp said, with snow starting at elevations of between 5,000 and 5,500 feet.

The detailed, 7-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:

Today: Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10am. High near 59. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 45. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Light southeast wind.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the morning.

Tuesday Night: A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Thanksgiving Day: A slight chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 58.

Thursday Night: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 43.

Friday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

Friday Night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.

Saturday: A slight chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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