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Update: Rain, wind forecast for Sacramento through weekend

Storms keep soaking Sacramento as rain totals climb

A series of storms is expected to keep the Sacramento region wet throughout the weekend before warmer, drier conditions settle in.
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A series of storms is expected to keep the Sacramento region wet throughout the weekend before warmer, drier conditions settle in.

The first of three storms moved through the Sacramento region Friday, delivering an inch more of rain in some areas.

Sacramento International Airport led the 24-hour rainfall totals as of 5 p.m. Friday, with 1.10 inches. Downtown Sacramento recorded 0.85 inches and Sacramento Executive Airport, 0.68 inches, said Karl Swanberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Totals elsewhere in the region included Davis, 0.89 inches; Dixon, 0.94 inches; Elk Grove 0.88 inches; Fair Oaks, 0.89 inches; Folsom, 1.01 inches; Lincoln, 0.79 inches; Rocklin 0.81 inches; and Roseville, 1.0 inches.

The storm led the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to announce the closure Friday afternoon of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area due to flooding. The Yolo Bypass begins at the Fremont Weir, about 20 miles north of the Yolo Causeway. When water in the Sacramento River reaches 33.5 feet, the water tops the weir and floods into the the bypass.

Saturday is expected to bring a slight chance of rain in the morning, with rain increasing in the afternoon along with winds of 15 to 25 mph, and gusts of up to 35 mph. Swanberg said rainfall from Saturday’s storm likely will be between a quarter and a half inch in the Sacramento area.

High temperatures around 58 degrees are forecast for Saturday and Sunday, with overnight lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.

In the Sierra, a winter storm warning has been issued for the period from noon Saturday to 11 a.m. Monday. Snow is expected to begin Saturday afternoon and continue into Monday morning. The heaviest snow is expected Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service. Snow accumulations of more than 2 feet are projected above the 7,000-foot elevation, with larger amounts near the crest of the Sierra. Between 8 and 15 inches of snow is forecast for South Lake Tahoe and 6 to 12 inches at Truckee.

Southwest winds of 15 to 30 mph are expected, with gusts of 50 mph. Ridges could experience gusts of more than 100 mph at times, according to the forecast.

High temperatures in the low 40s are expected Saturday and Sunday in the Truckee area, with overnight lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.

In the Sacramento area, a chance of showers is forecast for Monday, followed by several days of dry weather, Swanberg said, with high temperatures steadily increasing from the mid 60s to the low 70s toward the end of the week

The forecast for the Sacramento region for the next seven days from the NWS:

Friday night: A chance of showers, mainly before 10 p.m., then a slight chance of rain after 4 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South-southeast wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent, New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday: Rain, mainly after 10 a.m. High near 58. South wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday night: Rain. Low around 51. South wind around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday: Rain. High near 58. Breezy, with a south wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 20 to 26 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Sunday night: Rain. Low around 49. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Monday: A 30 percent of showers, mainly before 10 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, low around 45.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 48.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

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Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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