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Steady rainfall sends Sacramento totals in the right direction

Kevin Maher hold his beer and an umbrella over Courtney Pollock as a light rain falls during the 6th annual Capitol Beer Fest at the Capital Mall on Sunday March 6, 2016 in Sacramento.
Kevin Maher hold his beer and an umbrella over Courtney Pollock as a light rain falls during the 6th annual Capitol Beer Fest at the Capital Mall on Sunday March 6, 2016 in Sacramento. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

A weekend of rain has boosted seasonal totals back toward where they are supposed to be as a much-needed shot of precipitation drenched the Sacramento region.

When the rain began Friday night, the Sacramento region stood at 68 percent of normal for the rainfall year, which begins Oct. 1. By late Sunday night, the area was at 80 percent of normal.

The atmospheric rivers moving aloft from over the Pacific Ocean produced healthy amounts of rainfall in the 24 hours leading up to 8 a.m. Monday: 0.59 in Sacramento, 0.79 in Rancho Cordova, 0.75 in Elk Grove, 0.83 at Folsom Lake, 1.14 in Fair Oaks, 1.11 in Roseville, 1.06 in Rocklin and 0.75 in Loomis.

Sacramento received 2.30 inches from the storms that began Friday and continued into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The welcome change in the weather from dry February to stormy March has also dropped plenty of snow in the Sierra. At Blue Canyon, along Interstate 80, moderate snow was falling Monday morning.

The National Weather Service estimated that about 23 inches of new snow had fallen at Blue Canyon. Snowfall is expected to taper off by late morning.

Other snowfall totals at ski resorts from Saturday through Monday: 59 inches at Sugar Bowl, 53 inches at Boreal, 38 inches at Kirkwood and 35 inches at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

The late-winter snow resulted in the closure of the Pollock Pines School District campuses on Monday.

The weekend featured strong winds on Saturday night, including gusts of 76 mph registered at Beale Air Force Base, 53 mph at Sacramento International Airport and 43 mph at Sacramento’s Executive Airport.

The storm door is expected to open and close all week. While showers are forecast to linger through Monday morning, the rain will mostly end in the valley later today.

Rain is forecast to return Thursday night and continue through Friday. There’s only a chance of showers on Saturday but Sunday should have more rain.

The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Monday: Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. North northwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Tuesday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 63. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.

Tuesday night: A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South wind around 7 mph.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Wednesday night: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Thursday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.

Thursday night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 53.

Friday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 64.

Friday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.

Saturday night: Rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

Sunday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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