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Sacramento showers, Sierra snow to continue late Tuesday, early Wednesday

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A cold front swept down from the northwest on Tuesday, blanketing the Sierra with snow and delivering a smattering of rain to Sacramento.

Rainfall, which began Tuesday morning in Sacramento, totaled only about .04 inches at roughly 3 p.m near California State University, Sacramento. There’s a 70 percent chance of showers later tonight, though it likely won’t amount to much precipitation, said Karl Swanberg, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

It has not rained in Sacramento since Nov. 15, when 0.33 inches was recorded. The total for the season to date is 1.75 inches, which is 62 percent of normal.

Snow accumulated on the higher slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Swanberg said. Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, near Donner Summit, had 8 inches of new snow at the 6,900 foot elevation and 13 inches at 8,400 feet, the forecaster said. Nearby areas saw from 4 inches to 10 inches.

“A winter storm warning continues until noon on Wednesday, but that could change later tonight,” Swanberg said.

Neatly tucked between Sacramento’s morning commute and evening rush hour, the Tuesday weather event wasn’t as kind to Sierra travelers. The National Weather Service warned that roadways in the mountains were a travel travail.

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Thanksgiving is forecast to be dry and sunny in Sacramento, though the high on Thursday is predicted to be a chilly 53 degrees.

The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Tuesday night: Showers likely, mainly between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Light and variable wind. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Light north wind.

Thanksgiving Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Saturday night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

Monday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

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Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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