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January 15, 2013
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Cool, clear and dry weather to persist

Mark Twain once famously quipped, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.”

The adage could also apply to weather in the Sierra foothills, where mountainous terrain and proximity to ocean can bring about rapidly changing conditions.

However, this will not be the case for the next seven to 10 days, weather officials said, as cool, clear and dry weather is scheduled to continue.

“You can expect similar conditions you’ve seen to continue for the next couple days,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Drew Peterson.

An Omega Blocking Pattern hovering over the eastern portion of the Pacific Ocean is causing the monotonous weather pattern in the region, Peterson said. A blocking pattern in meteorology describes a phenomenon in which an atmospheric pressure field becomes stationary, deflecting migratory cyclone patterns, according to the Glossary of Meteorology.

The region will see a slight warming trend as high pressure situates above Northern California.

Diurnal temperatures will stay in the low 50s in the beginning of the week as they climb toward the low 60s by the weekend, Peterson said.

Overnight temperatures will remain at or below freezing for the next couple of days before climbing above 32 degrees later in the week.

Long-range weather models predict the weather pattern will likely endure until Jan. 24, Peterson said.

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“You can expect similar conditions you’ve seen to continue for the next couple days.”

— Drew Peterson,

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The Union Updated Jan 15, 2013 02:49PM Published Jan 16, 2013 09:34AM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.