It may have been summer only yesterday, but today, three major mountain passes are closed due to a surprise snowstorm that hit the Sierra on Thursday. Go to QuickMap.dot.ca.gov to check up on current road conditions and closures.
Rain and snow showers will develop over the Sierra during the morning of Thursday, September 21, 2017, with snow accumulating at the 6,000-foot level. Caltrans, CHP and the National Weather Service are cautioning travelers to slow down and allow for extra travel time as you drive through the area.
Hurricane Maria has regained Category 5 strength overnight into Tuesday. Officials in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe said the French island near Dominica probably would experience heavy flooding and warned that many communities could be submerged. The storm was located early Tuesday about 65 miles west-southwest of Guadeloupe.
Daytime highs will drop into the 70s as the Sacramento eases into autumn near the end of this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 73 degrees on Thursday and around 78 when fall arrives on Friday. Temperatures are projected to warm back up to near 90 by next Sunday, however.
Similar to Thursday night, Aug. 3, 2017, there's a possibility of some sprinkles or a few rumbles of thunder in the valley and foothills overnight into Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Sacramento will be sunny Friday with a high temperature of 99 degrees, the start of a hot week to come, according to the National Weather Service. Most of the region will see slight warming each day up to Sunday, when temperatures are projected to hit up to 10 degrees above the low-90s typical this time of summer.
Lassen Volcanic National Park and Caltrans District 2 road crews are working hard to open Lassen National Park Highway. They are aiming for July 24, 2017. It’s mid-July now, and the road through the park remains closed. The latest opening date ever was set on July 24, 1952. Since 1980, the latest the road has opened was July 21 in 1995.