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Wet week forecast for Sacramento and the Sierra. When will the storm arrive?

Watch official conduct post-storm snow survey – and get much better results

“What a difference a week makes,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of the snow survey program at the California Department of Water Resources, after completing the 30-minute manual measurement at Phillips. “That is a huge boost to what we had been seeing.
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“What a difference a week makes,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of the snow survey program at the California Department of Water Resources, after completing the 30-minute manual measurement at Phillips. “That is a huge boost to what we had been seeing.

Forecasters are predicting more mountain snow and Sacramento Valley rain starting Saturday afternoon and continuing through next week.

A few inches of snow are expected above 6,000 feet over the weekend, said Courtney Obergfell, National Weather Service meteorologist, along with a quarter to a half-inch of rain in the valley. Sunday evening and Monday morning should provide a brief respite before three more systems are expected to drop over the West Coast in the next week.

More than an inch of rain is expected to fall around Sacramento from Tuesday through Friday, Obergfell said. Each of the systems are likely to be warmer than those that blanketed the Sierra Nevada last week, but more than a foot of snow is still expected and the snowline should drop from 6,000 feet to 4,000 feet as the week progresses.

Sacramento saw 0.16 inches of rain Wednesday and Thursday, but no Lake Tahoe ski resorts reported snow over the last two days.

California Department of Water Resources monitors show the Sierra snowpack is up to 38 percent of its annual average, and total precipitation in Sacramento and its northerly region is at 64 percent.

All Northern California reservoirs aside from Lake Oroville are filled at least 90 percent of historical average.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, begel@sacbee.com

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