Sprinkles may begin as early as Thursday morning (November 2, 2017) in the valley before an inch or two of rain will likely fall Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Snow is expected above 6,000 feet throughout the weekend and into early next week. Lest we forget, here is how to be safe when traveling through the mountains in wintry conditions.
The National Weather Service Sacramento breaks down how the winds will blow (compared to Monday) today, October 11, 2017, and how smoke and air quality will present problems in the Sacramento Valley due to the Northern California fires.
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.