Rain won’t ruin weekend plans

Monday’s weather is not expected to continue through the week
By: Bridget Jones Journal staff writer
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Ugly weather won’t be bothering Auburnites this weekend. Although Auburn experienced a fair share of rain on Monday, the current storm is not expected to continue, said Drew Peterson, a representative from the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “It should be tapering off by late tonight into tomorrow morning, and beyond that it’s pretty clear,” Peterson said. This means the area should enjoy spring-like weather for this weekend’s Cruise Nite, Splash Dogs event, Home Show and Amgen Tour of California. Auburn received two-tenths of an inch of rain by mid-afternoon Monday, and Peterson said he expected four-tenths to a half an inch of rain to have fallen by the end of the day. Peterson said the weather could be a result of an El Niño year. However, Sunday’s storm also had an impact with a 20-degree drop in temperature. “It did help that we had a wave that passed through on Mother’s Day,” he said. “With temperatures that low you tend to get a lot of precipitation.” About 10 inches of snow on the summit were also expected with the storm. Although Squaw Valley USA couldn’t reopen its slopes for the late snowfall, the resort is celebrating the extended weather. “What we’ve done because of the snowfall is we’ve extended our season pass sale for two days,” said Sean Kristl, a Squaw Valley representative. “We realize there’re a lot of people that didn’t make it by the deadline.” Season passes are on sale until tonight at midnight. Kristl said this year has been a unique one for snow fans. “This season has been one of the most memorable,” he said. “A lot of people are saying they haven’t seen a spring like this, or not for a long time.” State Parks Ranger Scott Liske said it’s always important to remember that the American River is experiencing heavy snow runoff this time of year. “The rivers were already normal spring runoff, and this rain only adds to that, “ Liske said. “It could be worse if the snow level was high. Definitely the rivers are cold and fast, and we want people to use extreme caution.” Liske said rather than wondering what safety precautions to take on the river, it’s better to avoid river activities altogether. “This isn’t just a situation where ‘Should I wear a lifejacket or not?’” he said. “This is a situation where you should stay out of the river. If you do fall in … it’s very cold and very fast, and there’s a good chance you’ll be swept away.” Reach Bridget Jones at