Sacramento area weather: Cloudy but dry for Thanksgiving

It will be cloudy on Thanksgiving day in the Sacramento area, but the holiday - and the Run to Feed the Hungry - looks to be dry.

The lack of moisture is due to a low pressure system that is building over the Pacific Ocean staying off-shore instead of moving into northern California.

“The low pressure system that was over us earlier this week has moved to the east, and the ridge building over the Pacific might go further south before going inland,” said Holly Osborne, forecast meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “There is uncertainty of what the system will do.”

In the meantime, it will be sunny Monday and Tuesday, with highs around 65, and lows around 40 degrees. Drivers should prepare for some patchy morning fog for the first two days of the shortened work week.

Wednesday, the busy travel day for the holiday, should remain sunny in the Sacramento area, with the daytime temperatures reaching 66 degrees, and the thermometer sliding to 45 degrees at night.

Turkey day will be slightly cooler, with a high of 63 degrees, and lows around 45 degrees.

Past Run to Feed the Hungry events have been dampened by rain. The run attracts up to 28,000 participants a year and has raised $850,000 for the Sacramento Food Bank’s annual budget.

“It’s not looking like rain for Sacramento,” said Osborne. “There might be some high clouds Thursday.”

However, those heading to the high country to ski for the holiday might see more rain than snow.

“It’s not going to be a big skiing weekend,” according to Osborne. “There will be some fresh powder but not a lot of it”

Friday will see the clouds dissipate, and sunny skies make a return in the Sacramento area. Daytime highs will reach 64 degrees, with the low around 44 degrees.

Some winds are expected for next weekend. But otherwise, it will be clear, with day time highs to be in the mid-60s Saturday and Sunday.