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Rain in Sacramento, snow in Sierra before skies clear for Thanksgiving

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.

Rain is forecast to return to Sacramento and snow to the mountains Tuesday night as a quick-hitting storm moves into Northern California.

Ski resorts such as Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows received more than a foot of new snow over the weekend. Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows is scheduled to open Wednesday.

The Tuesday forecast calls for more snowfall tonight, enough of the white stuff that chain controls could be issued for Interstate 80. The incoming system is predicted to move through the north state quickly, exiting before Thanksgiving.

The forecast for Thursday in Sacramento is for sunny skies. The dry weather will mean easier travel to Thanksgiving dinners and pleasant jogging for the Sacramento Food Bank’s annual Run to Feed the Hungry in East Sacramento.

Another system is forecast to move into the Sacramento region on Friday, bringing rain and cold conditions.

After a fairly dry start to the month, November has settled into a series of short, moderate rain and snow events. The last storm system over the weekend delivered a half inch of rain to Sacramento, bringing the monthly total to 0.61 of an inch.

The normal rainfall total for November is 2.43 inches. Sacramento’s rainfall total for the season stands at 5.03 inches, which is 192 percent of normal, thanks to a very wet October.

The detailed, seven-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the weather service:

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of rain after 4 p.m. Patchy dense fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 61. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: Rain, mainly after 10 p.m. Low around 46. South southeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. South wind 3 to 8 mph.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Light and variable wind.

Thanksgiving Day: Sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Friday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 58. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Friday night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 41.

Saturday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.

Saturday night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Sunday: A slight chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Monday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59.

Casts of red and yellow are present as the leaves change colors with cooler weather present in Sacramento.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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