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Rainfall totals in Sacramento from storms in Northern California

The capital region got more than its fair share of rainfall from this weekend’s winter storm, the second to sweep across Northern California in less than a week.

Most areas in the southern Sacramento Valley received 1.5 inches of rain or more over the 24-hour period from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday.

“(Saturday) we had a good amount of rain across Northern California. We’re expecting another round tonight and tomorrow,” said Chelsea Peters, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, around 4 p.m. Sunday, just as another patch of heavy rain with thunderclaps was moving quickly across southern Sacramento County.

Sacramento’s downtown display, located near Sacramento state, got 1.75 inches on Saturday, which was the third wettest December 3 in the city’s history, according to the Weather Service — the record for the date remains 2 inches and was set on December 3 Erected in 1890 The measuring device was attached to the post office next to the town hall. As of Sunday through 3 p.m., the rain gauge recorded an additional 0.30 inches, according to the Weather Service.

Almost 4 inches since October 1st

A total of 2.63 inches of rainfall was recorded for the city between Thursday and Sunday afternoon. For the water year beginning October 1, the city has received 3.76 inches of rain, three-quarters of an inch more (22%) than the average.

From Saturday through Sunday afternoons, Midtown Sacramento received 1.87 inches, Executive Airport received 1.63 inches, and Sacramento International Airport received 1.66 inches.

Other regional totals were impressive: Hansen Ranch Regional Park had 1.81 inches, Roseville received 1.93 inches, and Folsom received 2.32 inches. Auburn had 2.49 inches of rainfall, while up the hill Blue Canyon got 3.31 inches of rain in the two-day stretch.

Other spots in the Central Valley received less. Areas of the northern San Joaquin Valley — from Modesto to Stockton — received 0.73 to 0.88 inches on Saturday. Farther north, the rain was hit and miss: Redding received 0.2 inches while Oroville received 1.3 inches on Saturday.

More snow in the Sierra

In the Sierra, the storm produced more impressive snowfalls. Boreal and Soda Springs recorded 20 inches of snow, while Kirkwood and Palisades Tahoe each accumulated 14 inches, the weather service said Sunday noon. Nearly 3 feet of snow has accumulated in most areas of the Tahoe Basin, according to state officials.

The storm is expected to bring more valley rain and heavy snow in the mountains through Monday, with persistent showers Monday night, the weather service said. Forecasters said cold and dry weather will return Tuesday around Sacramento with “wetter weather for later in the week.”

Temperatures in the Sacramento area are expected to remain in the low to mid-50s during the day, with overnight lows around the 42-degree Sunday and Monday night that could drop to 35 or lower on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Darrell Smith is Elk Grove reporter for The Sacramento Bee. He joined The Bee in 2006 and previously worked at newspapers in Palm Springs, Colorado Springs and Marysville. Smith was born and raised at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville and resides in Elk Grove.

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