**Rain, hail, and snow today in the foothills! **
35°F – Sorry for the late post. The hard drive on my 4 yr old laptop crashed, so had to resume my post on another computer.
A cold upper low hung around Nor Cal today which brought us more rain than expected in the foothills. Rainfall favored the western part of the foothills as the upper low circulation nearly stalled over the valley for several hours today.
Wild weather in the Sacramento valley prompted a tornado warning for a time this afternoon in the Wilton area SE of Sacramento, where they received flooding rain, hail, and strong winds.
Locally, we had a wintery mix all day at Cascade Shores with snow levels between 3400-3800 ft today with accumulations above that ih the upper foothill locations.
Heavy snow in the Sierra will be measured in feet in many areas tomorrow at the ski resorts with some hefty totals expected even at lake level and around the Truckee area.. Even the western portions of the Reno area got dumped on – heavy lake effect snow coming off of Lake Tahoe today.
We may see some a few snow showers around western Nevada county above 3000 ft tonight with minor accumulations possible as the cold upper low slowly moves ESE out of the area. Tonight and tomorrow night will be cold with lows below freezing, so be careful on the roadways and watch for slick spots late night and early morning hours.
Foothill forecast: Look for scattered rain and snow showers overnight with lows in the 30’s. After a slight chance of rain or snow early morning , look for partly cloudy skies and cool. Highs in the mid 40’s to around 50.
Extended outlook: A weak ridge of high pressure will build in the 2nd half of the week, keeping us mostly fair with slightly below to near normal temperatures. Foothill highs will be mostly in the upper 40’s and 50’s, with lows in the 30’s to low 40’s.
The cold, wet pattern continues however as our next storm looks to arrive Sunday or Monday of next week with more foothill rain and Sierra snow. We are locked in a classic stormy pattern over the western states with storm after storm forecast to continue through the extended period, which is fantastic news. Stay tuned.