SACRAMENTO - The dry streak is finally over! As of 2 p.m. Wednesday 0.01 inches of rain had fallen in downtown Sacramento, ending a record-setting stretch of 52 consecutive days without rain during the rainy season. The old record of 46 days was set in 1884.
The last time there was measurable rain in the River City was December 7, when downtown received 0.38 inches.
The National Weather Service measures the rain totals from midnight to midnight, and heavier rain will likely come in overnight. Between 0.25 of an inch and and one inch of rain is possible in the valley, while up to 2 feet of snow is possible in the higher elevations of the Sierra.
NWS meteorologist Brook Bingaman said while this storm is finally bringing much needed precipitation, the drought is not over.
"Those conditions will continue and our precipitation totals for this winter season are well below normal and residents should still adhere to water conservation measures," Bingaman said.
We would need an additional 23.30 inches of rain in order for us to get back to a normal rain season, Bingaman said.