Storm boosts Sacramento’s season rainfall to 84 percent of average

A storm that moved through the Sacramento area Friday broke a more than weeklong dry spell and delivered a respectable soaking, especially in communities to the east.

In the Sierra Nevada, the California Department of Transportation reported heavy snow along Interstate 80 above the 6,000-foot elevation during the afternoon with 6 inches falling at Kingvale.

Interstate 80 east of Boreal Mountain Resort was closed for a while Friday afternoon because of multiple crashes, and in Roseville, the Interstate 80-Douglas Boulevard tunnel was closed for about two hours because of flooding.

In the Sacramento region, the heaviest rainfall was in northeastern Sacramento County. As of 4 p.m. Friday, Orangevale had received 0.79 inches for the 24-hour period, said Johnnie Powell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Folsom reported 0.71 inches and Rancho Cordova, 0.52 inches. In Placer County, Roseville received 0.75 inches and Auburn, 0.76 inches.

The 0.40 inches recorded for downtown Sacramento boosted the rainfall total for April to 0.82 inches and the season total to 15.72 inches, 84 percent of average, Powell said.

Before Friday, the last time it rained in Sacramento was April 14. A dry spell is not out of the ordinary for April in Sacramento as the rainfall season draws to a close.

The storm was expected to move out of the Sacramento region Friday night, giving way to a sunny sky Saturday and highs in the low 70s through the weekend. The forecast includes a slight chance of showers Sunday night. Overnight lows will be in the upper 40s to low 50s.

Clearing also is expected in the Sierra on Saturday, with a mostly sunny sky and highs in the upper 40s to low 50s on Saturday in the Truckee and South Lake Tahoe areas. Overnight lows will be in the upper 20s to low 30s. The forecast calls for a chance of rain and snow Sunday and into Monday.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews