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Rainy weekend to give way to sunny skies by Monday

Sacramento River rises after a week of rain

A gate in a yard on Garden Highway near Verona marks the rising waters of the Sacramento River on March 12 and 13, 2016.
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A gate in a yard on Garden Highway near Verona marks the rising waters of the Sacramento River on March 12 and 13, 2016.

The showers falling across Sacramento this weekend have pushed the region well above normal rainfall totals for March, a marked shift from the dry, rainless days of 2015.

Even as to-date March totals hit 4.28 inches Sunday, precipitation numbers remains below average for the season, which started Oct. 1. As of Sunday morning, Sacramento had seen 14.42 inches, 90 percent of normal, according to the National Weather Service.

Between Friday morning and Sunday evening, the Sacramento region saw about two inches of rainfall.

Along with steady showers, Sunday’s storm system brought occasional wind gusts, and a wind advisory remained in effect from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. In Sacramento, peak wind speeds reached 32 mph over teh weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in the Sierra, where snow continues to accumulate. Kingvale reported snowfall of more than 18 inches overnight. The weather service forecast snowfall of four to 10 inches in Truckee and Tahoe by Monday. Chains are required on Interstate 80 from Nyack in Placer County to Truckee.

In Sacramento, the rain is expected to taper off early Monday, with warm, dry weather returning Tuesday and lasting through the week. Weather service meteorologist Travis Wilson said temperatures could hit the mid-70s by Thursday.

Here’s the three-day forecast for the Sacramento region:

Tonight: Rain, mainly before midnight. Low around 51. Breezy, with a south wind of 16 to 24 mph, with gusts as strong as 34 mph. New precipitation between a quarter and half inch possible.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 63 degrees. South wind around 7 mph.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind 5 to 7 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 65. North-northwest wind 5 to 13 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 45.

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