Sacramento-area rainfall totals received a slight boost Thursday from a slow-moving low-pressure system that also delivered several inches of snow to some parts of the Sierra.
A chance of snow showers in the Sierra will continue into the early part of the weekend, but dry conditions are expected to return to the Sacramento Valley on Friday said Karl Swanberg, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.
Most of Thursday ’s rain fell during the early morning. Downtown Sacramento recorded 0.19 inches and Sacramento Executive and International airports each received 0.07 inches, Swanberg said. Fair Oaks received 0.23 inches, while 0.20 was recorded in Placerville and 0.27 inches in Foresthill.
Numerous fender benders were reported throughout the Sacramento region as commuters navigated wet roads. A utility pole in Yolo County was knocked down at County Road 102 and County Road 17, possibly as the result of a lightning strike, according to the California Highway Patrol website.
The storm boosted the season rainfall total in downtown Sacramento to 13.73 inches, 72 percent of the normal 19.16 inches, Swanberg said. Normal rainfall for May in Sacramento is 0.76 inches, according to the weather service.
The Sierra saw a mix of rain, hail and snow Thursday. As of 4 p.m., 7 inches of new snow was reported south of Kirkwood, Swanberg said. A winter weather advisory remained in effect until 5 a.m. today, and Swanberg said an additional 1 to 4 inches of snow was possible at higher elevations.
In the Sacramento area, rain is expected to give way to partly sunny skies Friday.
In Sierra communities, including Truckee and South Lake Tahoe, a high of 55 degrees is forecast for Friday and a low around 30 degrees. Highs in the low to mid-60s are expected Saturday and Sunday.
The detailed forecast for the Sacramento region from the National Weather Service through the weekend:
Friday : Partly sunny, with a high near 77. South wind 5 to 8 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind 5 to 8 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. South wind around 6 mph becoming west-northwest in the morning.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. West-northwest wind around 7 mph becoming south-southwest in the evening.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.
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