April delivered a parting gift of rain and snow on Friday, but sunshine and temperatures in the low 90s are expected to close out the month.
“It’s unusual but not rare,” Johnnie Powell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said of the late-season storm.
As of 5 p.m., downtown Sacramento had received 0.43 inches and more was expected overnight. Communities along the Interstate 80 and Highway 50 corridors reported higher totals, with 0.63 inches in Auburn, 0.55 inches in Folsom and 0.52 inches in Roseville.
Snow transformed the foothills and Sierra into winter landscapes. As of 5 p.m. Friday, the snow level was down to 3,100 feet, and the El Dorado County communities of Camino and Pollock Pines had received an inch of snow, Powell said. In the Sierra, 18 inches of snow had fallen at Donner, 14 inches at Kingvale and a foot at Blue Canyon.
In Sacramento, the rain forced some changes in the day’s work on the Fix50 freeway repair project. “The immediate impact was on the placing of dowels,” said Dennis Keaton, a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation.
Dowels, which he likened to U-joints, fasten rebar in place before concrete is poured. Because dry weather is required to apply an adhesive to holes in which the dowels are inserted, that portion of the work, which was scheduled for Friday, had to be postponed. But Keaton said work continued as crews turned their attention to other aspects of the project.
“A lot of this is taken into consideration when they schedule the work with the contractor,” he said, noting that a certain amount of inclement weather is anticipated.
Despite some disruption of the day’s planned activities, he said, work on the project has not fallen behind.
The rain is expected to taper off today, and although there is a chance of rain Sunday, Powell said the Sacramento area will see a mix of clouds and sunshine during the weekend, with temperatures in the mid- to upper 60s.
By Monday, he said, the skies will clear and the mercury will rise. Temperatures in the 80s are expected Monday, nudging into the low 90s by Tuesday.
Temperatures will be on the rise in the Sierra as well, with highs in the upper 60s and low 70s forecast for the Blue Canyon and Truckee areas Tuesday and Wednesday.
“We got a couple of feet of snow, but it’s going to start melting fast on Monday,” Powell said.
Along with next week’s anticipated summerlike temperatures, he said, there’s likely to be some cold water flowing down the rivers.
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