Cool, dry weather is expected to dominate the next few days in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Nevada.
Following heavy rains before Christmas, Sacramento will see cool and clear, if occasionally foggy, weather this week, with only a slight chance of showers predicted for Saturday.
The capital had another frosty morning. The National Weather Service said the temperature dipped to 32 degrees at 5:30 a.m. in Sacramento.
While Saturday may see rain, the night of New Year’s Eve is expected to be partly cloudy without rain being forecast.
For skiers, the week should likewise be mostly sunny in the mountains through Friday. The weather service predicts a chance of snow showers starting Friday night through Monday.
The clear weather is making for ideal conditions for trying out new toys around town or on a mountainside.
“The last storm was almost perfect. It was great snow quality,” said Kevin “Coop” Cooper, a spokesman for the Vail Ski Resorts in Lake Tahoe. Since Saturday, Kirkwood resort added 19 inches of snow, while Heavenly added 12 inches of natural snow.
The heavy snowfall followed by clear roadways is good for business, Cooper said.
“I haven’t seen a holiday like this in quite some time,” he said.
The consistently cold temperatures are ideal conditions for using and making snow.
Northstar Ski Resort got 17 inches of natural snow during the storm. Post-storm, they’ve been able to “pump snow” 24 hours a day, allowing the resort to have 68 of 100 lifts open, said spokeswoman Marcie Bradley.
Light winds are expected in the mountains, a contrast to last week when severe wind conditions forced some ski resorts to close chairlifts.
“This is the coldest part of the year,” said Johnnie Powell, a meteorologist with the weather service. “We are right where we should be.”
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Tuesday: Patchy fog before 10am. Patchy frost before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Light and variable wind.
Tonight: Patchy fog after 4am. Patchy frost after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 33. Calm wind.
Wednesday: Patchy fog before 10am. Patchy frost before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 56. North northwest wind 5 to 8 mph.
Wednesday night: Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 34. Calm wind.
Thursday: Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 57. Light and variable wind.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
Friday night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
New Year's Day: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.
Sunday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.
Monday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 50.