Don't put away those coats and hats just yet.
The cold that has blanketed much of the nation is staying put in Northern California for most of the coming week.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a forecast for below-freezing low temperatures through Thursday, with high confidence for hard freeze continuing through Wednesday.
“The coldest valley locations will reach freezing by 8 p.m. with all other valley locations reaching the freezing mark by midnight,” the NWS said in an emailed forecast.
Forecasters also warned that temperatures “will warm above freezing between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. each morning.”
That means more than 12 hours of below-freezing temperatures for the coldest locations.
The extended cold is the result of a cold air mass from Canada, NWS reported.
Hard freezes are expected in the valley through the middle of the week.
Look for relief on Thursday night and Friday morning, when temperatures may finally climb above freezing.
Call The Bee’s Loretta Kalb, (916) 321-1073. Follow her on Twitter @LorettaSacBee.