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Day-by-day rainfall totals for March show a wet start to a drying month

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.

With about 4.5 inches of rain in the bucket, Sacramento is sitting pretty when it comes to March precipitation – and that’s good because the dark clouds that brought wet conditions the first half of the month are gone for now.

The storm track that delivered inches of rainfall to the region and feet of snow to the Sierra has moved to the north, allowing Northern California to dry out and warm up, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain in the early morning hours Monday gave way to partly cloudy skies. A high of 65 degrees was reported in downtown Sacramento, said Travis Wilson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

A high near 66 degrees is forecast for Tuesday, followed by highs around 70 degrees most of the week. Skies will be mostly clear, according to meteorologists.

That’s a far cry from early in the month. The last two weekends have been punctuated with a series of storms.

Sacramento’s rainfall for the first 14 days, in inches:

  • March 1: 0.00
  • March 2: 0.00
  • March 3: 0.00
  • March 4: 0.49
  • March 5: 1.14
  • March 6: 0.32
  • March 7: 0.39
  • March 8: 0.00
  • March 9: 0.01
  • March 10: 0.44
  • March 11: 0.47
  • March 12: 0.71
  • March 13: 0.44
  • March 14: 0.10

With a total of 4.51 inches of rain recorded in downtown Sacramento, this month has not been a Miracle March, but it has been pretty darn good. Normal rainfall for the entire month is 3.02 inches.

February was a bust when it came to rainfall, the city receiving just 0.85 inches, when the average for the month is 3.82 inches. However, March has delivered.

Wilson said a weak system could bring a slight chance of showers late Sunday.

The Bee’s Cathy Locke contributed to this report. Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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