Rain returns to Sacramento with snow in the Sierra, and more storms are in store this week

Rain drizzled throughout the Sacramento region on Sunday. And more is on the horizon after a brief respite, experts say.

Monday should be dry before another weather system brings more showers Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Baruffaldi said.

While that small storm will mostly affect Southern California, Lake Tahoe ski resorts such as Palisades Tahoe could see another foot of snow on top of their gargantuan snowpacks.

“More years than not, we’re drier than normal. But every now and then, every third or fourth year, we get a nice, decent year (of rain), and this is one of them,” Baruffaldi said. “We’re having a very nice year when it was needed.”

That’ll be followed by a likely dry spell in the Sacramento Valley on Wednesday and Thursday, though the Sierra Nevada mountains may see some snow.

Another weather system is expected to move in Friday and Saturday; it’s projected to result in mild precipitation, with maybe eight inches of snow around ski resorts, Baruffaldi said.

“It looks like a weaker system at this point. But it’s hard to plan the dry periods right now, other than most of (Monday). That should be dry ... for the Valley, at least,” Baruffaldi said.

Sacramento Valley high temperatures will hover between 55 and 60 degrees this week, about 10 degrees lower than the average.