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Weak storm barely dampens Sacramento but brings snow to Sierra

See Yosemite underwater after last weekend's intense rains brought flooding

Yosemite National Park in Northern California saw intense flooding last weekend after a storm engorged many of the park's creeks and falls. The park closed through the weekend due to the floods.
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Yosemite National Park in Northern California saw intense flooding last weekend after a storm engorged many of the park's creeks and falls. The park closed through the weekend due to the floods.

A quick burst of rainfall Wednesday night was all Sacramento saw from a cold system that dropped half a foot of snow in the mountains and up to 1-1/2 inches of rain along the North Coast.

Sacramento saw just .06-0.12 inches of rain Wednesday, about half of what hit the Bay Area, according to the California Nevada River Forecast Center. National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Kochasic said the storm had showered most of the state’s northern half before clearing out by Thursday morning.

”It was kind of a narrow band of precipitation that moved through, and some spots were hit heavier than others,” Kochasic said. “But pretty much everywhere in Northern California saw some sort of precipitation.”

Most Lake Tahoe ski resorts reported four to six inches of snow Wednesday, and Sierra-at-Tahoe had the most at eight inches. Snow showers were anticipated to continue the rest of Thursday above 5,000 feet, with chains required east of Gold Run on Interstate 80 and Kyburz on Interstate 50 as of 7:30 a.m.

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Snow blankets the roadway Thursday morning on Interstate 80 near Castle Peak. Caltrans

The cold system will linger in Northern California on Thursday, keeping the Sacramento area’s high temperature in the lower 60s, before the region heats up to the low 70s on Friday and upper 70s Saturday.

A half-inch to an inch of rain is expected in the Sacramento Valley from Sunday afternoon through Monday night along with up to 1-1/2 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada and snow down to 3,500 feet, Kochasic said. Light rain and snow is also on tap for Wednesday and Thursday next week.

The west fork of the Carson River on Highway 88 was rushing over the past weekend. After Wednesday night's rain and snowfall, the flow of Sierra rivers will be even stronger.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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