Sierra outlook: Saturday sunshine, Sunday snow
Put away that tank top and grab a sweater.
An early summer storm is expected to bring rain to the Central Valley and snow to the Sierra Nevada on Sunday.
In Sacramento, rain and afternoon thunderstorms are in the forecast, according the National Weather Service.
It won’t take much rain to move this year further up in the record books of Sacramento weather.
The city has recorded 33.94 inches of rain since Oct. 1, the third most precipitation on record. That’s just below the total recorded in the 1889-90 precipitation year, when 34.6 inches of rain fell in Sacramento.
Snow could fall in the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades at elevations as low as 5,000 feet on Sunday. The snowfall will be heaviest near Lassen National Park, where up to a foot of snow could land, according the weather service.
The snow is not expected to be as thick along Interstate 80, although it should be noticeable. Up to 4 inches of snow may fall at Donner Pass, prompting Caltrans to release an advisory urging drivers to check weather conditions before heading out in Interstate 80.
“Very doubtful we have to go to chain control, but stranger things have happened,” said Dave Wood, Caltrans Donner Pass superintendent, in a video the department released over social media on Saturday.
The high temperature in Sacramento on Sunday is expected to be about 70 degrees. Temperatures should climb next week, rising to about 90 degrees on Wednesday, according to the weather service.