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Weak weather system drops some rain in Sacramento and Sierra

An afternoon pedestrian had her umbrella handy on 17th Street and Capitol Avenue as cloudy skies brought a light rain to the Sacramento area on Wednesday.
An afternoon pedestrian had her umbrella handy on 17th Street and Capitol Avenue as cloudy skies brought a light rain to the Sacramento area on Wednesday. aseng@sacbee.com

Cloudy skies brought showers to the Sacramento area and along the Interstate 80 corridor Wednesday afternoon as a weak weather system arrived in Northern California.

The rainfall was enough to wet the pavement, creating slick roadways. Executive Airport reported 0.02 inches of rain, and Sacramento International Airport, 0.01 inch, while downtown Sacramento had received only a trace of rain as of about 6:30 p.m., said Karl Swanberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Elsewhere in the region, 0.03 inch of rain was recorded in Lincoln and Rocklin, and 0.02 inch in Placerville. Totals were higher farther east, with 0.04 inch in Grass Valley, 0.07 inch in Colfax and 0.11 inch in Blue Canyon.

In the Sacramento area, there was a 50 percent chance of showers through Wednesday night, and a 40 percent chance Thursday morning. Rain is expected to give way to partly cloudy skies by Thursday afternoon. High temperatures near 76 degrees are forecast for Thursday.

Friday is expected to be a bit warmer with a high around 85 degrees, but prospects for the weekend remain uncertain. A low-pressure system will drop south from the Pacific Northwest and likely deliver rain to the Sierra, Swanberg said. But a slight shift in the system’s track could bring weekend showers to the Valley.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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