Is this heaven? Early taste of spring expected to last through week |

Is this heaven? Early taste of spring expected to last through week

For those who haven’t caught spring fever yet, the next six days could offer plenty of chances to be infected by the annual urge to head outdoors.

Western Nevada County mildly cooked in temperatures up to 80 degrees Monday, and the season-fighting trend is expected to continue for days.

“These warm temperatures will last through the week,” said weather service forecaster Steve Martinez Monday. “The weekend should be similar.”

Martinez said no rain is in sight, “but we’re looking at a potential threat next Monday night into Tuesday.”

Grass Valley saw a high of 71 and a low of 41 on Monday, while Nevada City’s temperature ranged from 47 to 77, according to weather watchers for The Union. In the town of Washington, temperatures reportedly climbed from 34 to 80.

The National Weather Service and the Weather Channel’s Web site predict more sunny skies today and Wednesday and mostly sunny to partly cloudy through March 17, with little chance for rain or snow.

Martinez said highs will be in the upper 60s to mid-70s again today, cooling to the upper 60s Wednesday through Friday. The unseasonable highs should shoot back into the mid-70s for next weekend.

Normal highs this time of year are at 58 for Grass Valley and 56 for Nevada City, Martinez said. Lows will be in the upper 30s to lower 40s from now until next week.

Skiing during the sunny period in the Tahoe area will be great in the morning, “but afternoon skiing will be very slushy,” Martinez said. That is because the temperatures will reach into the high 50s and lower 60s at the top of the Sierra while the sun is out.

“Some areas have 12- to 14-foot bases, so there’s a lot of snow to melt,” Martinez said. “It’s the start of the spring thaw.”


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