The first winter storm of 2017 largely missed Sacramento last weekend, but another downpour waits on the horizon.
Most of the Sacramento metropolitan area received about 0.15 inches of rain over the weekend, considerably below the half-inch to inch predicted by the National Weather Service. Conditions were wetter in Nevada, Yuba and Butte counties, where Chico received a full inch and Strawberry Valley was doused with 4.5 inches.
Ski resorts such as Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl received about a foot of snow throughout the weekend, falling on the lower end of the predicted results. The weather service is anticipating another two to four inches of snow in a system passing through Northern California starting Wednesday and occasional gusts up to 60 mph above mountain crests, said Chris Hintz, weather service meteorologist.
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The Sacramento Valley should see a quarter-inch to an inch of rain between Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning with steady winds between 20 mph to 30 mph. The foothills are expected to get an inch or two in the week’s latter half, and up to five inches in eastern Butte County and mountains north of Redding.
Friday and Saturday are then anticipated to remain dry before more showers are forecast Sunday afternoon through Monday night.
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