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Sierra gets decent snowfall, but dry conditions will dominate Sacramento region

This NOAA satellite image shows low pressure over Southern California and the southwestern United States. Clouds that have brought more than a foot of snow to parts of the Sierra Nevada also can be seen, though generally clear skies remain in Northern California.
This NOAA satellite image shows low pressure over Southern California and the southwestern United States. Clouds that have brought more than a foot of snow to parts of the Sierra Nevada also can be seen, though generally clear skies remain in Northern California. Associated Press

After leaving a fresh blanket of snow and sunny skies in their wake on Sunday, this weekend’s storms brought an idyllic ski day to the picturesque Sierra Nevada – even as California remains in a harsh drought.

The National Weather Service said Sunday that 17 inches of snow fell at the Sierra at Tahoe Resort along Highway 50 in Twin Bridges since Friday, including 13 inches Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Fourteen inches of snow fell since Friday, including 4 inches Saturday night, in Kingvale, at 6,000-foot elevation along Interstate 80.

“That’s why it’s so beautiful today,” said National Weather Service forecaster Johnnie Powell.

There is a 30 percent chance of additional snow Monday in the Sierra Nevada and a 10 percent chance of rain in the Sacramento Valley before dry conditions return.

“It won’t be much to write home about,” Powell said. “You might get a few inches of snow overnight from this system that is coming down on Monday, and then Tuesday, it’s over, and that’s it.”

Weather this week will bring high temperatures in the mid-60s to low 70s in the Sacramento Valley and high temperatures in the mid-40s and lows in the upper 20s in the Sierras’ higher elevations.

“We’re still getting drought weather conditions,” Powell said. “We’re lucky that we got a little snow, from a low-pressure system. It may still hang out a bit, but it’s not giving us much of an effect.”

Call The Bee’s Peter Hecht, (916) 326-5539.

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