Rain and snowfall totals updated for Sacramento and Tahoe. Here’s the weekend weather forecast

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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.

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

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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