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Showers forecast for weekend, new storm to arrive Sunday night

Lakes, rivers and a meadow during drought years compared to January 2017

What a difference an abundance of water makes. January 2017 saw a deluge of rain in Northern California. These images of Folsom Lake, Atascadero Lake, Lake Oroville, Echo Summit and the South Yuba River show what a difference the recent rain and s
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What a difference an abundance of water makes. January 2017 saw a deluge of rain in Northern California. These images of Folsom Lake, Atascadero Lake, Lake Oroville, Echo Summit and the South Yuba River show what a difference the recent rain and s

The Sacramento area got another soaking Friday and snow piled up in the Sierra, but wind advisories and winter storm warnings were set to expire by early Saturday.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, some parts of the Sacramento area and foothills had received more than an inch of rain for the 24-hour period, with 1.21 inches recorded in Rancho Cordova and 1.13 inches in Auburn, said Karl Swanberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Among other locations, Sacramento Executive Airport reported, 0.85 inches; Fair Oaks, 0.90 inches; Citrus Heights, 0.83 inches; Loomis, 0.77 inches; and Elk Grove’s Laguna area, 0.76 inches, he said.

The forecast calls for showers in the Sacramento area Saturday and Sunday, with a high around 58 degrees. A new storm is expected to arrive Sunday night and continue into Monday.

In the Sierra, the California Department of Transportation late Friday advised motorists traveling over Donner Summit to expect plenty of snow, high winds and heavy traffic through the weekend.

A chance of rain and snow showers is forecast for the Truckee area Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s, and overnight lows in the upper 20s to 30 degrees. Little or no new snow accumulation is expected either day.

A cubic foot is the volume of a cube whose sides are all 1-foot long. Well, 15,000 cubic feet per second of water gushed down the Oroville Dam spillway on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, as see in this video from Sacramento Valley Water as more storms are

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

Friday night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with low around 51. South wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible, with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms..

Saturday: Showers likely, mainly before 4 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with high near 58. South wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday night: A 30 percent chance of showers before 10 p.m.. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday: Rain likely, mainly after 4 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 58. Light south-southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Sunday night: Rain. Low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Monday: Rain, mainly before10 a.m. High near 55. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Monday night: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 47.

Tuesday: Rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.

Tuesday night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.

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

Wednesday night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Thursday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61

Thursday night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Friday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

In this time lapse video from Pollock Pines, California, in the Lake Tahoe area, a snow blower clears the road to Big Hill lookout on January 23, 2017. The video, showing snow nearly to the top of the vehicle, was captured from a fire lookout came

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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