By Dave Bender

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – More than an inch of rain accumulated in most areas of Sacramento overnight, pushing the March rainfall total well above normal.

Most areas of Sacramento received an inch or more of rain in a 24-hour period ending at 9 a.m. Wednesday before the rain tapered off. Some of the reported rainfall totals in the region were: Grass Valley 1.80 inches, Orangevale 1.60, Auburn 1.32, Roseville 1.28, Sacramento 1.24, and Elk Grove .92.

Downtown Sacramento now has received 3.91 inches of rain for the month, above the average for March, which is 3.02. We’ve had rain in 10 of the 28 days so far this month.

The dry start to the season still has us below normal for the year, however. Sacramento Executive Airport has received 6.97 inches of rain since Jan. 1 and the average is 9.60, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for the west slope of the Sierra until 5 p.m. on Wednesday The warning is for above 6,000 feet, where we could see 8 to 12 inches of new snow. At 7,500 feet, 1 to 3 feet of fresh snow is expected.

About a foot of new snow fell at most of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts overnight.

As the rain moves out of the Sacramento area Wednesday, the rest of the day will be cloudy with highs in the low 60s.

There’s only a slight chance of rain on Thursday and Friday during the day, but the next round of wet weather is expected to move Friday night and into Saturday, with more rain and cooler temperatures.


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