Wintry weather is finally arriving in the Central Sierra, with frigid temperatures this week and snow forecast as low as the foothills by week’s end.
The low-pressure system that arrived overnight was expected to bring more rain to the foothills today and between 3 and 6 inches of snow at elevations above 6,000 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
That would add to overnight snowfall. Dodge Ridge Ski Area received 1 inch of snow last night, according to the ski area’s website.
The snow is supposed to taper off by late tonight, but the weather system will bring notably colder temperatures to the region.
The Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys are under a freeze-watch starting tonight. Farmers and others should cover frost-sensitive plants and insulate water pipes exposed to the cold.
The overnight low in the Valley and foothills between tonight and Wednesday morning is forecast to be 22 degrees. The low Wednesday and Thursday could drop to 19 degrees.
More cold and potentially snowy weather is forecast for week’s end.
Snow is forecast for the Sierra and a chance of rain and snow is forecast in the foothills as low as Sonora on Friday and Saturday.
The chance of foothill rain will continue through early next week.