Mother Nature was right on cue.
On the first day of fall Thursday, temperatures in the Sacramento Valley fell to a cool 10 degrees below normal as snow dusted the summits of the Sierra Nevada.
Sacramento saw a high of 75 degrees Thursday. Ski resorts Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley all reported flying flakes.
“The first day of fall, getting some snow is a great way to start things off,” said Kevin “Coop” Cooper, a spokesman for Vail Resorts, which owns Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood.
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But “Mother Nature is just teasing us right now,” he said.
The weather is expected to turn warm again this weekend, melting any snowfall.
“It will be warming up the next few days,” said Jim Mathews, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The cool but weak September system will continue to move east, leaving warm dry weather behind, Mathews said.
“Even though it’s fall today, it will feel like summer by the weekend with high temperatures in the mid 90s,” he said.