Strong winds and more rain are expected to pummel the Sacramento region throughout the weekend, with snow levels dropping to as low as 3,500 feet in the Sierra Nevada.
Johnnie Powell, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said Sacramento has surpassed its normal rainfall of 3.15 inches for the month of March, totaling 3.44 inches as of Saturday evening.
Forecasters expect breezy winds in the region through the rest of the weekend, with gusts between 10 to 35 mph. Forecasters are asking motorists to watch for downed tree branches and limbs and warned of the possibility of localized power outages.
Rain levels for Saturday evening through Sunday are expected to total another inch, Powell said.
There is an urban and small-stream flood watch for the Sacramento through 6 p.m. Sunday, the weather service reports.
Snow amounts in the Sierra Nevada are expected to reach another inch, and drivers should expect to put snow chains on, according to the weather service. Snow levels above 5,000 feet could range from 2 to 5 feet.
Saturday night, temperatures are expected to be as low as 51 degrees. Sunday will have a high of 57 degrees.
The late-winter blast should dissipate at the start of the work week.
“We start drying out on Monday, and temperatures will be warming up to mid-70s by the end of next week. It’s looking pretty nice,” said Travis Wilson, a weather service meteorologist.
Here is the extended forecast for the Sacramento area:
Sunday: Rain. High near 57. Breezy, with a south wind 20 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday night: Rain before 11 p.m., then a chance of showers after 11 p.m. Low around 50. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind around 7 mph.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 45.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 72.
Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74.
Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 48.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 76.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 74.