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Sacramento doesn't see snow; Sierra Nevada gets plenty

Published: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 - 9:55 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 - 11:54 pm

Snow levels dropped to a thousand feet overnight Saturday, leaving inches of the white powder in Placerville and Auburn.

But despite forecasts there was no snow in Sacramento.

The right combination of freezing temperatures and moisture wasn’t in place to bring snow to the valley floor, according to the National Weather Service.

“You’ve got to get the cold air and the moisture here at the same exact time. We knew it was going to be a close call,” said NWS forecaster Johnny Powell. “Snow is rare here. It’s tough.”

Temperatures quickly heated up Saturday morning to 41 degrees, with warm moisture moving through the air. “We missed the window,” Powell said.

The lack of snow disappointed many locals, evidenced by widespread reaction on social media.

“Seeing all these: ‘It snowed at my house’ is making me sad! I live in Sacramento ... It didn’t snow here so stop!” tweeted Amaya Barnes.

But the Sierra Nevada and foothills got plenty of snow.

The system dumped nearly two feet of snow in Kingvale, three inches in Grass Valley and four inches in Placerville. The Auburn Post Office recorded one inch of snow, while residents of Cameron Park reported seeing flakes.

The precipitation is welcome news in a season that has been drier than normal.

“The water people should be dancing,” Powell said. “It’s been a dry fall.”

For Saturday, Sacramento will see scattered showers throughout the day with temperatures expected to hit a high of 46 degrees. A freeze warning remains in effect, as temperatures will dip into the mid-20s overnight.

Powell expects another 1-2 inches of scattered rain or snow showers in the Sierra for the rest of Saturday, but said the system is winding down.

Chain controls remain in place for Interstate 80 from Colfax to the Nevada border and on Highway 50 four miles east of Placerville to Meyers in El Dorado County.

Here’s the seven-day forecast:

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 27. North wind 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 43. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 24. North wind 3 to 5 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 45. North wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 27.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Thursday: A slight chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Thursday night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Friday: A slight chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 58.

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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