Low pressure to bring snow to Sierra, cooler temperatures to Valley

Snow showers are forecast for the the Lake Tahoe area beginning early Wednesday, then giving way to rain in the afternoon.

But in the Sacramento Valley, low pressure dropping south through the eastern part of the state likely will mean little more than cooler temperatures and maybe a stray rain shower, said Robert Baruffaldi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Snow, or a mix of snow and rain, is forecast for elevations as low as 6,000 feet Wednesday, with the heaviest snowfall expected south of Highway 50. Due to warm road and ground temperatures below 7,000 feet, little accumulation of snow is anticipated.

Highs in the Lake Tahoe area Wednesday are expected to be in the low to mid-40s, with overnight lows of 25 to 35 degrees. The storm is expected to pass through by Thursday, as highs head into low to mid-50s.

In the Sacramento area, Wednesday’s forecast is for mostly sunny skies with a high near 75 degrees and a low around 52. Temperatures are expected to climb back into the upper 70s by the weekend.