The New Year will be ushered in by chilly, mostly clear weather in the Sacramento area, according to the National Weather Service.
Some snowflakes fell overnight Saturday in the mountains, while a few raindrops sprinkled in the valley, said Johnnie Powell, a meteorologist with the weather service. Dry weather dipping to freezing temperatures is expected to greet the New Year, he said, with the next chance for rain coming on Thursday.
Powell said light precipitation on Saturday night produced 1 to 2 inches of snow on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Chain restrictions were in effect for some high-elevation passes.
Meanwhile, clouds kept fog to a minimum in the valley, except for early morning patches. Fair, sunny weather is expected Sunday, with some light breezes.
Saturday's overnight low was 34 degrees in downtown Sacramento, but that could slip to a 32 or 33 degrees Sunday night. New Year's Eve could see temperatures as low as 30 degrees or in the upper 20s through in some areas of the valley.
Powell said there's a slight chance of light rain on Thursday or Friday, with low temperatures rebounding to above freezing later in the week, and highs in the low 50s.