Special Weather Statement - Low Snow and Hard Freeze this weekend

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 25, 2017 / comments

[National Weather Service Sacramento CA]

...Two weak but cold weather systems to bring low elevation snow to Northern California...

A couple of relatively weak weather systems are forecast to drop southward through northern California over the next few days. The first will move through from north to south late today and Saturday. The second late Sunday through Monday. Although neither of these systems are particularly strong, they will contain cold air producing very low snow levels compared to the warmer storms of the last several weeks.

Snow levels with the first system could go as low as 1000 feet over the northern mountains to 2500 feet over the west slopes of the Sierra. This would bring snow down into the foothills. The second system will be only slightly warmer with expected snow levels 1500 feet over the northern mountains to around 3000 feet Sierra West slopes.

Snowfall amounts with the first system are forecast to range from 2-3 inches over interstate 5 in Shasta county to only 1 or 2 inches over the Sierra passes.

Snowfall amounts with the second system will be a little more ranging from 3-4 inches over interstate 5 in Shasta county to 4-6 inches over the Sierra passes.

Be prepared if traveling over the mountains over the next several days. Although snow amounts will not be large, slippery or snow covered roads are likely and chain controls may be needed with snow levels lower than experienced over the last several weeks.

--- Detailed forecast for --

Motherlode

Today

Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Highs 40 to 50 higher elevations...47 to 55 lower elevations. Snow level 2000 feet in the morning. Light winds becoming west up to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows 30 to 38. Prevailing northwest winds up to 10 mph shifting to the northeast after midnight.

Sunday

Partly cloudy in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs 43 to 57. Prevailing east winds up to 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the evening, then a chance of rain and snow showers after midnight. Lows 30 to 38. No snow accumulation lower elevations...up to 1 inch higher elevations. Prevailing southwest winds up to 15 mph.

Monday

Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Highs 38 to 48 higher elevations...45 to 53 lower elevations. No snow accumulation lower elevations...up to 1 inch higher elevations. Snow level 2500 feet. Prevailing southeast winds up to 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Lows 29 to 37.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny. Not as cool. Highs 44 to 58.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear. Lows 30 to 38.

Wednesday Through Thursday

Clear. Highs 51 to 64. Lows 30 to 40.

Thursday Night And Friday

Clear. Lows around 42. Highs 59 to 67.