The remnants of a soaking weekend storm moved across the Sierra Nevada early Monday, dusting roads with white powder and forcing commuters to put on tire chains.
Snow was seen for the first time this season at a National Weather Service observation station in Kingvale, located at 6,200 feet. But the powder was so light that it was not measurable, according to Travis Wilson, a weather service meteorologist in Sacramento.
At Mount Rose Ski Resort outside Reno, the storm dumped 7-18 inches of fresh snow. Mount Rose has the highest base elevation among Lake Tahoe area resorts with a base of 8,260 feet. The resort is planning to open its doors Oct. 31.
The brief flurries of snow Monday morning came after the system dumped significant amounts of rainfall in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra. Sacramento saw 2.34 inches of rain over the last three days, while Auburn recorded nearly three inches on Sunday alone.
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The precipitation came in steadily, with the storm delivering 0.59 inches on Friday, 0.16 on Saturday and a whopping 1.43 on Sunday to Sacramento. The 1.43 inches on Sunday shattered the Oct. 16 record of 0.69 set in 1984.
“When we get these warm systems, they hold a ton of water and it pours,” Wilson said.
Creeks and rivers in the foothills and Sierra started to recede on Monday after a drenching. Tire chains were required Monday morning on Highway 50 and Interstate 80 as snow continued to fall at higher elevations.
All of that wet weather goes away this week as the storm track lifts northward, according to the weather service. Temperatures are also expected to rise, with a high of 81 predicted on Friday in Sacramento. Average temperatures for this time of year hover around 77 degrees, Wilson said.