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Big storm, big rainfall for Auburn

Thanksgiving Day could be dry
By: Gus Thomson of the Auburn Journal
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The biggest storm of the season turned out to be even bigger than initial projections.

Starting Wednesday and lasting into Friday morning, a storm emanating from Alaska dropped more than 4 inches of rain on the Auburn area.

The National Weather Service had been predicting 1.5 inches to 3 inches for Auburn but as the storm approached started to see even more rain in the gathering clouds. The closest reading to Auburn - from the Pilot Hill rain gauge - totaled 4.44 inches during the storm.

That system moved east of California on Friday, returning the area to dry conditions that could give way to a more unsettled weather pattern this upcoming week.

Meteorologist Tom Deng of the Sacramento weather service office said that while the outlook remains fairly uncertain, forecasters were looking at factors Friday indicating that drier conditions could be in store for Thanksgiving Day and at least the travel days leading up to it.

“It doesn’t look like a major storm will be in the forecast,” Deng said.

But the weather service is advising travelers to continue to monitor the forecast and prepare for winter driving conditions.