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After a cloudy Saturday, showers expected for first day of spring in Sacramento

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Keep that umbrella handy: Spring officially arrives Sunday with a likely chance of showers in Sacramento.

After a mostly cloudy day Saturday, a Pacific storm system is expected to hit Sacramento early Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Rain likely will start falling before dawn and keep up into Monday.

“We’ll start seeing showers about 6 a.m. Sunday and we’ll have more off and on showers into late Monday night,” said meteorologist Idamis Del Valle of the National Weather Service’s Sacramento office.

Northern California is expected to get another boost to its March rain totals. Sacramento, which has received 4.5 inches so far this month, should see another half inch to 1 inch by Monday night, Del Valle said.

Meanwhile, the Sierras are expecting 2 to 3 inches of rain from this same storm system before temperatures drop Monday night.

“Late Monday, snow levels will drop to 5,500 to 6,000 feet,” Del Valle said. “Initially, the snow levels will stay pretty high, above the passes, because it’s not that cold. But by Monday night, they will be dropping when we’re expecting a stronger system.”

That could bring up to 1 foot of new snow to those higher Sierra elevations.

In the valley, a little rain could linger into Tuesday before a warming trend arrives midweek. By Thursday, sunny skies will return with temperatures back in the low 70s.

4.5Inches of rain in Sacramento this month

Meanwhile, Saturday’s highs are expected to reach the low 70s with overnight temperatures in the low 50s. Highs will hover in the low to mid 60s Sunday and Monday before the warming trend that comes with dryer weather.

Keep a coat handy, too. Overnight lows are expected to dip down into the mid 40s on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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