With spring just weeks away, winter is expected to finally arrive in the Central Sierra this week.
Rain and low snow forecast for today presage a “more winter like” forecast for the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Today’s storm system was expected to bring 1 to 2 inches of snow to the Sierra, with snow levels expected to drop to as low as 1,000 feet, according to a NWS Special Weather Statement.
A break in the weather is expected Tuesday, but another wetter, stronger storm is expected to arrive Wednesday.
Up to 1/3 inch of rainfall is expected in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, and snow levels will be a little higher — between 3,000 and 4,000 feet.
Monday’s early morning storm brought much needed, though little, rain to the Mother Lode.
Sonora received 0.02 inch overnight Sunday and early Monday morning, bringing the rain-year-to-date total to 9.26 inches, less than half of the 31.61 inches rainfall accumulated last year by this time. The average for this time of year is 32.05 inches.
Cedar Ridge had a trace of snow and a trace of rain, bringing the season total for that area up to 14.90, compared with 38.11 inches at this time last year.
Last week, National Weather Service officials said the remainder of winter would be drier than average and predicted higher than average temperatures for last week. The first day of spring is March 20.
Temperatures did in fact spike. Sonora’s high temperature Friday was 69 degrees. Saturday’s high was 62. Sunday, things cooled off and Sonora’s high was 52 and the low Sunday night was 27.
According to the National Weather Service, showers are expected in the Mother Lode through Thursday.
Temperatures are expected to stay in the 40s and up to 50 by Thursday. Lows are expected to dip to 25 degrees tonight and 29 degrees Wednesday night.
Thursday night is expected to be partly cloudy with a low of 32, and Friday will be mostly sunny with a high of 54.