Weather rollercoaster: Heatwave to give way to snow expected in the Sierra on Monday

Members of the Gomez-Canales family of Oakland enjoy an afternoon on the South Yuba River near the Highway 49 bridge Thursday afternoon in unusually warm weather. Highs hit the mid-80s and nearly equaled records in Northern California.
Photo: Elias Funez

Unusually warm temperatures for the season approached and in some cases equaled records in Northern California on Thursday.

The city of Stockton tied its record high of 91, previously set in 1989, while Sacramento hit 90, with that record also set at 91.

Temperatures in western Nevada County ranged between the upper 70s and upper 80s Thursday afternoon, with a high of 85 recorded at 3:30 p.m. near Condon Park in Grass Valley.

Temperatures today will remain exceptionally warm in the 80s before a cooling begins on Saturday bringing the region to an expected high of 47 to 57 and low of 29 to 39 depending on elevation.

Rain and up to 8 inches of snow are also expected Monday and Monday evening at elevations above 3,500 feet.

“Monday, Tuesday, it’s going to be a little tricky because it’s going to be cold air with it,” said National Weather Service forecaster Karl Swanberg.

Beyond Tuesday, the weather will remain cooler with another chance of precipitation.

“Cooler than normal through Thursday, slight chance of rain showers Thursday and highs Thursday maybe mid 60s to 70s. Definitely cooler and choppy for the work week ahead. And beyond that, it’s probably going to start to heat up,” Swanberg said.

Water levels and flows in the South Yuba River are down from normal years at this time, but the water is still freezing cold and those who enter it could be at risk of hypothermia once exposed to runoff from snowmelt.

To contact multimedia journalist Elias Funez, email [email protected] or call 530-477-4230


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