Temperatures in the mid-20s Monday morning prompted the spreading of sand on freeways in the Sacramento after reports of black ice.
A traffic advisory was issued about 6:30 a.m. for the Sacramento region, asking motorists to reduce speed and watch for crews sanding roadways due to iceypavement conditions. At the same time, the California Highway Patrol Information page reported a two-vehicle accident due to black ice on Sunrise Boulevard at Zinfandel Drive.
The icy conditions also slowed the start of schools in the foothills, including the Mother Lode Union School District, which instituted a two-hour delay for schools to begin teaching on Monday.
Hundreds of flights were canceled at Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport, which was hit hard by an ice storm that clobbered North Texas. An American Airlines flight from Dallas scheduled to land at Sacramento International Airport at 11:35 a.m. Monday was one of those canceled.
The frigid temperatures are all due to the same conditions that have been locked in place since last week. Cold arctic air is streaming from Canada into California.
While this morning’s temperatures are cold, records may not be set in SacramentoMonday and Tuesday. That’s all due to a cold snap more than 80 years ago during the Great Depression.
The record low in Sacramento for December 9 is 23 degrees, a mark set in 1932. That big chill was followed a day later with a record-setting 22 on December 10, 1932.
The National Weather Service expects that it may take until Friday before temperatures warm enough at night to drop any worry of a hard freeze.
Readings about 6:45 a.m. this morning included: 25 degrees in Sacramento, 25 in Fair Oaks, 21 in Rancho Cordova, 27 in El Dorado Hills, 31 in Davis and 23 in Rocklin.
The frosty conditions prompted Sacramento city and county officials to operate a warming center in Southside Park, 2115 6th St. at the pool building. Snacks and chairs are provided, however there are no beds.
The warming center has been open since Wednesday, giving refuge from the cold. One night had 17 people taking advantage of the heat.
If temperatures begin to rise, the center will close. A van is available to take people to Loaves and Fishes for a hot breakfast.
Other warming centers are also responding to the need:
n Volunteers of America, 700 North Fifth St.
n The Union Gospel Church, 400 Bannon St.
n The Salvation Army, 12th and North B Street
n Elk Grove Warming Center at Barbara Wackford Community Center, 9014 Bruceville Road.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Today: Widespread frost before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 46. Calm wind.
Tonight: Widespread frost, mainly after 4am. Otherwise, clear, with a low around 28. Calm wind.
Tuesday: Widespread frost before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 49. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday night: Areas of frost after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 30. Calm wind.
Wednesday: Areas of frost before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Calm wind.
Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.