Nevada County weather: Expect cooler temperatures, rain chances this weekend |

Nevada County weather: Expect cooler temperatures, rain chances this weekend

Tree leaves are changing color at Lions Lake at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Thursday afternoon.
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The hot temperatures are about to leave and they won’t return anytime soon, according to the National Weather Service.

A low-pressure system moving across Northern California will bring chances of rain to Nevada County on Sunday and Monday. It’ll also bring temperatures some 15 degrees lower than normal, meteorologist Craig Shoemaker said.

“This system is more of a wintertime system,” Shoemaker added. “It is unusual. It’s not unprecedented.”

Highs, hitting the 90s over the past several days, have begun a slow descent that’s about to accelerate. Today’s highs are forecast to reach 71. They’ll reach 65 on Saturday and a chilly 58 on Sunday.

The low-pressure system will leave the area on Monday, though cooler air will remain.

“Right now, it doesn’t look like another big heat wave will develop,” Shoemaker said. “We should be done with the heat.”

The system, from the Gulf of Alaska, will first bring winds reaching 11 mph today. It’ll be sunny with highs topping out at 71. Lows will drop to 43 tonight, with winds dipping to 8 to 10 mph.

Saturday will be sunny with highs hitting 65. Winds will reach 6 to 8 mph. Skies will be mostly clear Saturday night, with lows again bottoming out at 43.

There’s a 60 percent chance of rain on Sunday. It’ll be partly sunny with highs around 58.

Rain chances will remain at 60 percent Sunday night. Lows will drop to an almost freezing 39.

Highs will again only reach 58 on Monday. Lows will drop to 41 that night.

Temperatures will begin a slow rise starting Tuesday, when they’re forecast to reach 64. Wednesday’s highs are expected to hit 70.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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