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The last Sacramento storm by the numbers before more rain

Light rain falls at the campus of UC Davis as showers were forecasted to linger through Monday, March 7, 2016. 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.
Light rain falls at the campus of UC Davis as showers were forecasted to linger through Monday, March 7, 2016. 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. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

Sacramento dries out for at least 24 hours before the parade of storms begins again to drench the north state later in the week.

Residents should have a rainless Tuesday to pick up branches scattered by the weekend’s high winds and clear roof gutters choked with leaves and rain water. The numbers tell the story of a wet start to March in Sacramento.

The series of storms that marched into the city are much like what used to visit Sacramento before drought. The storms extended over several days:

Friday: 0.49 of an inch.

Saturday: 1.14 inches.

Sunday: 0.32 of an inch.

Monday: 0.39 of an inch.

That totals 2.34 inches. Not bad for a start to the month.

The normal rainfall for March in Sacramento is 3.02 inches in Sacramento. Given that it is early in the month, it is easy to see that the normal will be surpassed.

The forecast for the upcoming days indicates that we could reach 3 inches by early next week. Precipitation is forecast to increase once again late Thursday – and pick up even more on Friday.

The Friday system is predicted to bring low snow levels with strong winds. Sacramento has received 12.60 inches of precipitation for the rainfall year, which begins Oct. 1. That is 82 percent of normal for March 7.

The detailed forecast for the next seven days from the National Weather Service:

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a high near 62. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday night: A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly before 4 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Southeast wind around 8 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday night: A slight chance of rain before 10 p.m, then a chance of rain after 4 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. South-southeast wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Thursday: Rain, mainly after 10 a.m. High near 66. South-southeast wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Thursday night: Rain. Low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Friday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 60. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

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

Saturday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62.

Saturday night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 49.

Sunday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 61.

Sunday night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 48. Breezy.

Monday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

After a longer winter stretch of dry weather, the storm door is open again for Sacramento and Northern California, National Weather Service meteorologists said on Monday, March 7, 2016, and more rain is expected though the second week of March.

During recent winter storms, many Sacramentans had the same thought: How can I save some of that rain for later? Holding onto that rain can recharge soil moisture, cut down on outside water use and create lasting savings on irrigation. Which metho

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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