Hot today, snow on way

Union Democrat staff /

Unseasonably warm weather that brought near-record temperatures to the Mother Lode on Monday is expected to carry over today.

Highs Monday reached 82 in Sonora and 83 in Angels Camp and saw Lode residents wearing shorts and eating ice cream.

Copperopolis recorded the hottest temperature in the region, with a high of 86.

Highs today are predicted to range from 80 to 87 in Sonora and 84 to 85 in Angels Camp, the National Weather Service said.

The record high for Sonora on Nov. 6 was 84, set in 1976.

This heat wave has brought record-breaking temperatures throughout California.

Los Angeles hit 94 on Monday, which tied a 1898 record, and Oakland hit 84, which beat its 1976 record by seven degrees. Records were also set in the Central Valley, the Associated Press said.

On Wednesday, temperatures are predicted to stay in the high 70s to low 80s in Sonora and Angels Camp.

By Thursday, sunny skies and warm weather will give way to clouds and dropping temperatures.

Thursday brings a 60 percent chance of rain to the foothills during the day. Showers are likely overnight through Friday. During the predicted storm, daytime temperatures could drop into the low 50s, with overnight lows in the mid-30s in both Angels Camp and Sonora.

Sonora, Ebbetts and Tioga passes are open but will most likely close because of predicted snow. Snow is expected around 5,000 feet on Thursday, dropping as low as 2,500 feet by Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Caltrans advised motorists to prepare for the upcoming storm season and to have their vehicles winterized and to check road conditions before driving.

For road conditions, call 800-427-7623 or visit www.dot.ca.gov.

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