The year will end with several days of dry, cold weather, as overnight lows hover around freezing in the Sacramento area and dip into single digits in the Sierra.
A storm that passed through the region early Monday dropped 0.03 inches of rain in downtown Sacramento and Sacramento International Airport, and only 0.01 inch at Sacramento Executive Airport, said Johnnie Powell, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. The system, he said, also brought a bit of snow to mountain areas.
Chain controls on Interstate 80 were lifted by early Monday afternoon, although motorists were warned that the highway remained icy and slippery.
“The next shot (for rain) is not until next Monday morning,” Powell said.
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In the Sacramento area, daytime highs through New Year’s Day are expected to be in the low to mid 50s, with overnight lows in the low to mid-30s.
In the Sierra, around Truckee, daytime highs in the upper 20s and low 30s are forecast through New Year’s Day, with overnight lows in the single digits. The sky is expected to be mostly clear to sunny, creating favorable conditions for skiers.