Areas of western Nevada County could see some snow today and Friday as a cold front is expected to move into the area with some moderate precipitation.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento is predicting a 70 percent chance of precipitation to begin Thursday morning along with a drop in temperatures to the 40s, but it could be as low as 29 degrees Fahrenheit, which could produce snow as low as 2,500 feet in elevation, said forecaster George Cline.
While Cline said that less than an inch of precipitation is anticipated today, the rain or snow is expected to continue through Friday and possibly linger into early Saturday,
But temperatures are expected to warm heading into next week, Cline said.
“The coldest air will be coming in Thursday and Friday with a gradual warming trend Sunday through Tuesday,” Cline said.
Temperatures Sunday are expected to be in the 50s, reaching low 60s Tuesday, Cline said.
It is not uncommon for precipitation to switch to snow in early November in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, said Karl Swanberg, also a National Weather Service forecaster.
A Nov. 12, 1985, storm dropped almost five inches of snow on Grass Valley. The most precipitation for a Nov. 8 was 2.54 inches and 1.24 inches for a Nov. 9 based on a database spanning back to 1966, Swanberg said.
On average, Grass Valley receives a water-year (which begins in July) total of 7.11 inches in November toward the annual total of 53.34 inches. This year’s cumulative precipitation total by November is at 4.35 inches, compared to last year’s 5.55 inches at the same time.
“We’re getting a little bit below normal so far, but all it takes is a few storms, and we’re back above normal,” Swanberg said. “It changes very quickly.”
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