November 30, 2012
Heavy rain, gusty winds keeping work crews busy, drivers wary

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

RP RAIN CLOGGED STORN DRAINB.jpgThe first strong punch from this week's series of storms arrived overnight, delivering heavy rain and gusty winds.

Moving into the Sacramento region just as trees were losing their leaves, the soaking autumn storm kept municipal crews working through the night. At 5:15 a.m., in a driving rain, a City of Sacramento worker was dutifully using a rake to remove leaves from atop a gutter grate on H Street near Mercy Hospital.

Early morning commuters had to deal with dicey driving conditions. High winds threw palm fronds onto city streets and downpours pooled water on freeway offramps.

As of 5 a.m., rainfall totals were already substantial. From 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., totals included: .86 of an inch in Sacramento, .66 in Elk Grove, .79 in Rancho Cordova, .82 in Fair Oaks, .90 at Folsom Lake, .86 at Roseville, .73 at Loomis and 1.46 at Auburn.

At 6 a.m. a gust of 35 mph was registered at Sacramento International Airport

The National Weather Service reports that the wet weather is expected to be repeated again on Sunday - only with even more intense rain and wind.

Smaller rivers and streams are rising today and then will dip a bit on Saturday, only to rise to a higher level on Sunday, according to the NWS.

Fortunately, there is plenty of room in reservoirs to store water, such as Folsom Lake.

Don't look for the storms to deliver much snow. Snow levels are likely to be at about 7,000-foot elevation, meaning most precipitation will fall in the form of rain.

Photo caption: County worker Rigo Valenzuela tries to unplug a storm drain on Hurley Way. Clogged storm drains on Hurley Way east of Fulton Avenue created a mess for drivers as they made their way down the busy street early Friday. Photo by Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

The detailed forecast for the Sacramento region:

Today: Showers. High near 61. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 22 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight: Rain. Low around 56. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday: Rain. High near 65. South southeast wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday night: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 56. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Sunday: Showers. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 63. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday night: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Monday night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

Tuesday night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Wednesday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

Wednesday night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62.