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Auburn enjoys calm before weekend storms

But no gully-washers forecast through midweek
By: Gus Thomson Journal Staff Writer
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Deep, blue, winter skies and fluffy clouds sailing high overhead made for a great day Thursday to be outside and enjoying Mother Nature in the Auburn area. But those skies should cloud over and darken during the coming weekend, bringing rain to the foothills and snow to higher elevations, forecasters say. The National Weather Service is projecting the first rain to arrive as early as Saturday evening. But it won’t be a gully-washer. In the high country, from three to six inches of snow could fall by the end of Sunday as snow levels drop. In the foothills, drivers should be aware that the ground is already saturated and mudslides could occur on roads, said weather bureau meteorologist George Cline. Friday should continue Thursday’s turn to sunny conditions and warmer temperatures, Cline said. In fact, the snow level should rise to as high as 7,500 feet before dropping back to 6,000 feet Sunday, he said. Granite Bay’s Melody Martinez and Stephen Stodolski took advantage of the sunny weather to drive to Auburn for a walk in the Auburn State Recreation Area with Benny, a long-haired Chihuahua. “We’ll walk until it rains,” Stodolski said. “This is a lot nicer, in fact, that when it’s hot and dusty and 100 degrees.” “We want to get a walk in between rains storms,” Martinez added. The National Weather Service’s prediction of rain matched the Weather Underground Web site’s forecast and was a bit more optimistic – or pessimistic, depending on whether the rain is wanted or not – than Accuweather.com. The weather bureau was forecasting a 90 percent chance of rain during the day Sunday. Accuweather was predicting mostly cloudy conditions with rain during the day. More rain would follow in the evening, followed by showers, Accuweather is projecting. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com. --------- Accuweather.com forecasts: Friday will be dry, sunny, with some clouds Saturday is expected to be cloudy with a touch of rain in the day turning to breezy and rainy at night Sunday is expected to be mostly cloudy with rain in the day, with still more rain and showers at night