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Chance of showers on the way starting tonight in Sacramento

April showers to dampen Sacramento
April showers to dampen Sacramento National Weather Service

Here comes a quick-hitting mini-storm with just enough precipitation to ruin a car wash.

Confidence is increasing at the offices of the National Weather Service in Arden Arcade that a storm system will bring rain and snow to Northern California starting late Thursday night and continuing into Friday.

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How much rain and exactly when the April showers will begin is, well, still up in the air. However, the weather experts say that about a quarter of an inch could be recorded in the Sacramento region.

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

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 3 to 8 mph.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

Friday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. High near 65. South wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday night: A 40 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light south after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 70.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Wednesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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