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Sunday night rain ended record-long streak for Sacramento. When is more coming?

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Rain showers Sunday evening snapped a streak of nearly seven months with no measurable precipitation in downtown Sacramento.

The unprecedented dry spell ended at 212 days, according to the National Weather Service’s Sacramento office. Before Sunday, it had last rained a measurable amount (at least one-hundredth of an inch) on March 19.

The streak blew past the previous record of 194 days set in 1880, between that May and November, according to the weather service.

It was a small respite. Only 0.01 inches fell downtown Sunday, and 0.04 inches at Sacramento Executive Airport. More rain fell in the northern Sacramento Valley, including more than a tenth of an inch near Redding.

More, heavier rain is on the way to Northern California after a dry Monday. Weather service forecasts show showers are likely to start back up Tuesday night, with between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected near the capital by Wednesday morning.

Forecasts show a 90% chance of rain Wednesday in Sacramento, with chances of rain and showers continuing each day through at least Sunday.

High temperatures are predicted to range from the low to upper 60s this week.

Snow in the mountains

Meanwhile, the Sierra Nevada mountains have seen snow fall amid a winter storm that began Sunday afternoon and was continuing Monday morning.

Between 6 and 10 inches fell at elevations above 7,000 feet, with 2 to 4 inches recorded at lower elevations in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin, the weather service’s Reno office reported Monday.

A winter weather advisory remained in place through 9 a.m. Monday. Chain restrictions were in place along highways at summit level, including Interstate 80 and Highways 50, 88 and 89, according to the weather service and Caltrans.

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