Santa’s sleigh gets “all-clear” for landing in Auburn from weather bureau

Clear skies in the forecast for pinpoint rooftop landings, prompt toy deliveries
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Rudolph and his nose so bright can take a hay break when Santa and his sleigh fly into the Auburn area overnight Christmas Eve. The National Weather Service is forecasting excellent weather for St. Nick’s flight pattern and no chance that any toy deliveries will be delayed by inclement weather. The forecast from the Sacramento weather bureau office is for clear skies overnight with temperatures dipping into the mid- to low-30s. Forecaster Karl Swanberg said that low fog could make rooftop landings a little more difficult on the valley floor but that Auburn should be above the fog. There’s no chance of a white Christmas in Auburn and environs on Christmas Day. The snow level will hover around 4,000 feet, well above Auburn. Daytime temperatures Friday could rise to the mid-50s. The next chance of rain in the area will occur Saturday afternoon. The potential for precipitation should last through Sunday, Swanberg said. By that time, Santa should be safely back at the North Pole, taking a well-deserved break after a night of toy deliveries around the world. – Gus Thomson