Showers expected Wednesday, but precipitation down for year |

Showers expected Wednesday, but precipitation down for year

Rain showers are expected Wednesday, but not enough to reverse the dry conditions currently plaguing Northern California.

Skies will clear this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento, but clouds and cooler weather from a Gulf of Alaska front will start dropping into the Sierra foothills Tuesday. That front will bring a slight chance of precipitation to western Nevada County Tuesday night, with rain likely on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Grass Valley has had almost 31 inches of rain in the current precipitation year, which is about 17 inches less than the 48 inches that has normally fallen by this time. This precipitation year runs from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007.

The average rainfall for Grass Valley is 53.5 inches. By this time last year when the area was engulfed in a very wet season, the amount of precipitation by this time was 72 inches.

In Nevada City, almost 38 inches of rain have fallen in this precipitation year, about 16 inches less than the 54 inches normal for this date. The average annual precipitation for Nevada City is 57 inches, and 82 inches had already fallen last year by this date.

Highs today and Tuesday will be around 60, with lows in the upper 30s to lower 40s. High temperatures will drop to the low 50s Wednesday and Thursday as the front moves through, with lows in the upper 30s.

Skies will be back to mostly clear Thursday night and become sunny Friday, but there is another chance for clouds and more showers next weekend. Highs for the weekend will be around 60, with lows around 40.

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