Rain and snowfall totals updated for Sacramento and Tahoe. Here’s the weekend weather forecast
More rain is predicted in the weekly forecast, with some sunny breaks in between.
Tuesday’s rainfall brought gusty winds and strong precipitation, but the National Weather Service predicted that Wednesday would be mostly dry with lingering showers.
Scattered light showers are going to continue today. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/4R3RMpwdKI
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 22, 2023
Starting Friday, the Sacramento area is predicted to see dry weather, a nice break after 37 days of rainfall this year. According to Sacramento rain meter data, it’s rained nearly half the days of 2023.
A weaker system with light showers will move into the area this the weekend. However, next week Chelsea Peters, weather service meteorologist, said they are forecasting a stronger system.
“The next weather system we’re looking at is going to be Monday and Tuesday,” Peters said. “That one is likely going to bring some more widespread precipitation, heavy mountain snow and gusty winds.”
36-hour rain totals
Below are 36-hour rain totals as of Wednesday morning, according to the weather service:
Sacramento: 0.42 inches
Roseville: 0.50 inches
Auburn: 0.25 inches
Folsom: 0.50 inches
Placerville: 0.25 inches
Davis: 1.25 inches
These precipitation totals are higher as you get further west, which is opposite of usual weather patterns, Peters said.
The center of yesterdays weather system was mostly over the San Francisco area, Peters said. “It stayed fairly stationary for several hours, so near the center had a longer duration of rainfall.”
24-hour snow totals
Below are 24-hour snow totals as of Wednesday morning, according to the weather service:
Central Sierra Snow Lab: 3.5 inches
Kirkwood: 10 inches
Sierra at Tahoe: 8 inches
Palisades: 1 inches
Sugar Bowl: 2 inches
We accumulated 3.5" (9 cm) of #snow over the last 24 hours and it is expected to continue over the next couple days.
We've talked about snowfall totals and this year's move to second place, which is fantastic, but what about the water content of our snowpack? #CAwx #CAwater pic.twitter.com/CHLLpJDaCF
— UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab (@UCB_CSSL) March 22, 2023
According to the California Department of Water Resources, 48 stations are reporting snow pack totals in the Central Sierra at 231% of normal as of March 22.
This year’s snowfall totals have made this winter the second snowiest season recorded, according to the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab.
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