Sacramento to remain warm and dry

Unseasonably warm weather persisted Sunday with any chance of rainfall pushed at least 100 miles north of Sacramento.

By 10 a.m. Sunday, the temperature had hit 69 degrees, already two degrees warmer than the March 15 average of 67, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Kurth.

“It’s pretty warm,” Kurth said. “We have an upper-level ridge,” a system that typically brings warm, dry weather.

Is there a chance Sunday’s temperatures will offer a repeat of Saturday’s record 85 degrees? Kurth said it will depend on whether the cloud cover breaks up enough to allow for more of the warming sunshine.

“With the thickening high clouds, we’ll have to see,” Kurth said. “There are some breaks farther south, like in Stockton and Modesto. Those areas might be extremely warm again.”

Earlier this week, forecasters predicted a chance of rain Sunday. The moisture never materialized in Sacramento, although Kurth said there would be light showers to the north, beginning near Red Bluff and Redding, especially in the mountains.

Monday and Tuesday are looking much the same in the Sacramento region: warming into the mid-70s, with rainfall restricted to areas north of Marysville.

A system expected Tuesday may bring light rain in the Sierra, with the possibility of more significant rainfall Wednesday. Snow levels will drop no lower than 8,000 feet, according to Kurth.

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