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A little rain and snow before a weekend warm-up in Sacramento area

Snowy Highway 50
Snowy Highway 50 Caltrans

An overnight weather system delivered less than a tenth of an inch of rain to the Sacramento area, but snowed hard enough to bring chain controls to the Sierra.

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Conditions were drying out Thursday after showers exited. The little rainstorm made the roads wet for the morning commute from Auburn to Elk Grove:

Auburn: 0.28 of an inch

Rocklin: 0.16

Orangevale: 0.07

Folsom Lake: 0.04

Sacramento: 0.04

Elk Grove: 0.03

In the Sierra, heavy snow fell overnight from around Blue Canyon eastward on Interstate 80, according to the National Weather Service. Blowing snow was reported on Highway 20 by Caltrans.

While chains were required on Highway 50 and I-80 earlier in the day, controls were lifted by 8 a.m. Snow showers will linger through the day but the heaviest snowfall has shifted to the southeast, according to the NWS.

Look for a big warm-up over the weekend into the 80s.

The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Thursday: A slight chance of showers before 8am, then a slight chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 6 to 9 mph becoming northwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 46. West northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light northwest after midnight.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 74. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 8 to 18 mph increasing to 19 to 29 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph.

Friday night: Clear, with a low around 50. North northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 7 to 12 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Saturday night: Clear, with a low around 52.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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