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Snow could dust Auburn, foothills Sunday: Weather Service

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn area could be in for a light dusting of snow Sunday night. The National Weather Service is forecasting snow levels down to 1,000 feet and temperatures overnight Sunday between 10 degrees and 28 degrees in the foothills. Meteorologist Cynthia Palmer of the weather bureau’s Sacramento office said the Arctic front will drop into the foothills starting Sunday evening. An estimated tenth of an inch to a third of precipitation could translate into from about an inch of possible snowfall to four inches in higher elevations. Ken Clark, AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist, is also forecasting snow levels likely to be only 1,000 feet in the north but with a slightly higher level of precipitation – a quarter-inch to half-inch. Clark is also warning that landslides and mudflow could result in flooding. The forecast from both the weather service and Accuweather is for a shift to a tropical storm Wednesday and Thursday. The weather bureau is holding off on forecasting just how much rain will fall. Palmer said models now being considered range from a half-inch to 2 inches of precipitation. Clark is warning that the central and Southern California regions could be in for 1.5 to 4 inches of rain. But some areas on the coast could face three or four times that much precipitation, he said. “If these model projections are even close to being right, we are staring straight in the face of widespread flooding problems,” Clark stated. “Even worse, around recent burn areas, and especially the huge Station Fire burn area, mudslides and debris flows could be disastrous.”