New storm may be heading to region tonight

Lightning strikes over trees in El Dorado on Friday, June 5, 2015.
Lightning strikes over trees in El Dorado on Friday, June 5, 2015.

Get ready, Sacramento: those thunderstorms that swept over the region Friday may be set for a return today.

The National Weather Service said Friday’s storm brought heavy amounts of rain and hail in some foothills locations and that a similar storm may begin today in the mountain areas and head west into the Sacramento area.

“There’s a potential for it this evening,” said forecaster Robert Barrufaldi. “It’s going to start up in the mountains and then migrate westward.”

Friday’s storm brought little precipitation to the Sacramento area - .09 inches measured at Sacramento International Airport - walloped the foothills with heavy amounts of hail and rain and sparked a lightning-caused fire in Antelope that caused $50,000 in damage to a home.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said a lightning strike Friday night set two palm trees ablaze in the 4500 block of Country Run Way. The fire spread to the roof of a nearby home, where flames went into the dryer vent and sent flames and smoke billowing into the home. Fire officials said four adults and three children were displaced by the damage. There were no injuries.


Check out the amazing video captured tonight when a lightning strike caught two palm trees on fire! It quickly spread to a roof at 4506 Country Run Way in Antelope. The fire spread across the roof and into the dryer vent, bringing smoke and fire into the house. Metro Fire crews quickly contained the fire, searched for victims, and checked for extension. Total damage was approximately $50,000. 4 adults and 3 children were displaced; Red Cross was requested to assist the family. No injuries were reported.

Posted by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District on Friday, June 5, 2015

The storm dumped large amounts of precipitation in the foothills: .84 inches in Pollock Pines, .92 inches in Colfax, .85 inches in Applegate and 1.53 inches in Faucherie Reservoir in Nevada County.

Today’s high in Sacramento is expected to top out at 90, about 5 degrees higher than normal, with overnight lows about 60.

Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the 90s, and temperatures in the region are expected to increase by Monday, with some areas possibly hitting 100.

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