Skiers looking to take advantage of recent snowfall in the Sierra can expect a mostly sunny weekend on the slopes before another cold weather system moves in from the Gulf of Alaska on Monday..
The National Weather Service forecast is for sunny skies and breezy conditions in the Truckee and South Lake Tahoe areas on Saturday, with a slight chance of snow showers around Truckee during the day and Saturday night.
Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a chance of snow showers Sunday night.
The forecast calls for daytime highs in the mid to upper 30s, and overnight lows in the mid to upper teens.
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The weather system due to arrive Monday is expected to drop 4 to 8 inches of snow over the Sierra, with as much as a foot of snow possible at higher elevations, according to the National Weather Service. The snow level likely will dip into the foothills, with a couple of inches forecast at the 2,000 and 2,500-foot elevations.
Motorists traveling in the Sierra and foothills on Monday are advised to expect delays during the morning commute due to weather.
Several Sierra Nevada ski resorts reported at least 10 inches of snow from Thursday morning through Friday's early hours, with Tahoe Donner, Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe each recording a full foot.
Bear Valley saw 11 inches of powder, while Heavenly Mountain Resort, Homewood Mountain Resort and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows each recorded 10 inches. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area got nine. Homewood and Mammoth also received an additional four inches between Tuesday and Wednesday.
"It's set to be the best powder day of the season with a clear sky this morning and mountain full of untouched blower (snow)," Mammoth's website read.
Amador County School District canceled classes Friday morning due to black ice and unsafe road conditions that would've endangered students and bus drivers. Administrators were still expected to report to work if they are able to get to travel to their offices.
The stronger system is predicted to come through Monday into Tuesday morning and dump 8 to 10 inches of high-quality powder around the crest of the Sierra, and even a tenth to two-tenths of an inch of rain in Sacramento, said Jim Mathews, National Weather Service meteorologist, before March comes in like a lion with a storm on Thursday.
Highs in the Sacramento area are expected to be in the mid- to upper-50s and lows in the mid-lower 30s throughout the next week.
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