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Last blast of winter?

Residents can expect lingering showers today and tomorrow, and light precipitation could persist into the weekend.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Sacramento estimates that between four-tenths and seven-tenths of an inch of rain fell Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

They anticipate roughly another inch of precipitation before the end of the week, most of which was expected to fall Wednesday night.

The storm system currently moving through the region has multiple legs according to NWS forecaster Drew Peterson, bringing multiple bouts of precipitation. The first has been fairly weak, and started to fall apart just as it intersected the Sierra.

Wednesday morning, Squaw Valley Ski Resort’s website indicated 4 inches of snowfall overnight, and the NWS expected snow levels as low as 4,000 feet Wednesday night.

Despite this year’s dry conditions, more wet weather can be expected in coming weeks, Peterson said.

“What we have over the next two weeks is a period of unsettled weather. There are four systems on tap to impact the area,” Peterson told The Union.

“It looks like a pretty wet and unstable period.”

Peterson also says that the NWS is watching for funnel clouds and small tornadoes in the Central Valley.

“We kind of get miniature versions of what they get out in the Midwest, and sometimes they’re so small they don’t even pick up on the radar,” Peterson said.

“We probably get at least five to 12 tornadoes in the valley each year,” he added. “March and April are the best times for us to get spinups.”

Wednesday evening, reports of tornadoes in the Roseville area have been received.

To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, send emails to dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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The Union Updated Mar 27, 2014 12:56AM Published Mar 28, 2014 10:20AM Copyright 2014 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.