SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rain, rain, go away! That's what most people are thinking. Rainfall in May? What is going on? Well, thanks or no thanks to a weak El Nino, a more active weather pattern is taking over the Central Valley.
Multiple storms are lined up bringing the threat for ongoing rain showers well through the weekend.
So, just how rare is it to receive rainfall in May?
In a typical month of May, the average amount of daily precipitation is .02 inches and the average amount of monthly precipitation is only .68 inches of rainfall.
May, on average, is a transition month as we move from the wet and rainy season to the hot and dry summer months.
How much rainfall will we pick up?
Sacramento could see more than 1 inch of rainfall and parts of the foothills could see more than 2 inches of rainfall. That means these storms could bring us more than a month's worth of rainfall in just a couple days!
Keep in mind, these forecasted rainfall amounts are based on weather models and are subject to change.
More snowfall for the Sierra!
In addition to rainfall, these storms will also bring quite a bit of snowfall for this time of the year. The total normal snowfall during the month of May for the Tahoe Area is 2.2 inches. Well, these storms could very well dump more than 2 feet of snowfall by Friday afternoon!
For that reason, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning from midnight Wednesday night until Friday 6 a.m. above 6,000 feet. Chain controls and travel delays are expected.
Wanna take advantage of the fresh powder?
Most snow resorts are closed, but there are a few still open for the weekends only: Donner, Heavenly, Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain.
Don't put away that umbrella
Long range weather models are predicting even more rainfall for next week.
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