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Dry weather to reign in coming week for county

After weeks of precipitation-heavy weather patterns, the skies over western Nevada County are expected to be relatively clear for the foreseeable future, weather officials said.

A high-pressure system has settled over Northern California, causing the precipitation-laden storm systems to move north, said Craig Shoemaker, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

A small weather system is expected to trundle through the region Thursday into Friday but will not contain much moisture, he said.

Looking further ahead, the wet weather may resume early next Monday or Tuesday, but there is uncertainty whether anything will materialize, Shoemaker said.

Cold weather will continue throughout the week with highs in the high 40s and low 50s and low temperatures to hover between the high 20s and the mid 30s.

Despite the recent dry spell, the average precipitation for the Northern Sierra and Southern Cascade is in excess of average totals for this point in the water year, according to the California Department of Water Resources website.

Precipitation levels currently stand at 32.9 inches, about twice the average of 16 inches, the website states.

The average is arrived at by taking the precipitation levels of eight stations throughout the northern mountainous regions of California, from Mt. Shasta to the American River.

The Northern Sierra ski resorts having been enjoying deep bases, affording a quality beginning to the ski season.

Snow depths at Sugar Bowl ski resort vary from 81 inches at the bottom of the resort to 170 inches at the top, according to the North Lake Tahoe Recreation Update provided by Pettit Gilwee Public Relations.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4239.

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