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March coming in like a lion as rain predicted for foothills

By: Gloria Young, Journal staff writer
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A weather system arriving tonight is going to be a wet one — dropping up to an inch and a half of rain in the foothills through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “It’s a warmer system, so snow levels will be higher (than last week’s storm),” forecaster Karl Swanberg said Monday. “This is a more typical winter-type system. The last few were unusually low and unusually cold.” It’ll be accompanied by 15 to 25 mph winds with higher gusts. The forecast also calls for an additional one to two feet of snow above 5,000 feet in the Sierra, with a mix of snow and rain down to the 3,000-foot level. “There’ll be additional snow on Thursday at the high elevations,” Swanberg said. Clearing Thursday will bring partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 50s for Friday —short respite before the next system arrives Saturday through Sunday, with lingering showers Monday. Then there’s more on the horizon. “There’s the potential of a cooler system early next week,” he said.