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Spring marches in – Sunny weather expected to last until next week; record highs possible

This is the kind of week that might remind you why you live in California.

Experts are predicting sunny and clear conditions – and maybe record-breaking temperatures – for at least the rest of the week. The highs are expected to stay in the 70s and perhaps even hit 80 on Friday.

Harry Stockman of Qwikcast.com said Tuesday that high pressure over California is trapping warm air, “translating into beautiful spring weather.”

The Weather Channel’s Web site showed a 30 percent chance of rain this Monday and some cloudiness later next week through Thursday, March 17. There is no other hint of precipitation.

“Mostly it’s just good weather,” Stockman said. “We may even hit 80 before the week is out.”

Winds will be light, Stockman said.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento said the high temperature for today will be 70. The weather service expects the high to be 73 on Thursday and Friday, with lows in the 40s.

The highest March temperature in modern Grass Valley records was 82, set March 31, 1966. In Nevada City, the high has hit 78 on five March days – once each in 1956 and three times in 2002.

Despite recent high temperatures, ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe-Donner Pass area are reporting plenty of packed powder for skiers and snowboarders.

What’s the record?

Western Nevada County record highs for this week:

March 9, 1979: 74 degrees

March 10, 1979: 74 degrees

March 11, 1997: 73 degrees

Source: Historic weather data for Grass Valley and Nevada City.

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