Monday Feb 20 2012
Temperatures to edge near record high after recent snowfall
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
Forecasters say temperatures could reach mid-70s
As ski resorts celebrate more recent snowfall, local temperatures are forecasted to rise to the mid-70’s this week, according to local meteorologists. “For the Sacramento-area we are forecasting around 74 for Wednesday and Thursday,” said Holly Osborne, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “The record for Wednesday is 78. That was set in 1985, so not quite a record, but fairly warm for this time of year.” Osborne said some storms earlier last week brought a healthy dose of powder to the Sierra, but residents in the Sacramento-area can expect sunny skies Wednesday and Thursday. So far, just 5.68 inches of rain has fallen over the Sacramento-region since July — 41 percent below normal. That makes this year below average, but probably not record-breaking, she said. “There have been drier years,” Osborne said. “It’s below normal, but last year we were quite a bit above normal. Last year we had 24.8 inches for 2010-2011.” In recent history, 2006-2007 saw just 11.59 inches of rainfall and in 2003-2004 there was 14 inches. Osborne said even if it rains a lot in March, rain levels probably still won’t be above normal. The impact on water supply will probably be minimal, she said. “The reservoirs are fairly full of water,” Osborne said. Squaw Valley got 21 inches of snow last week, according to Amelia Richmond, Squaw Valley public relations manager. She said that added to the snowpack from storms in late January. “Anytime there is snow in the media that gets people excited to ski,” Richmond said. “We had a really good turnout this weekend.” Up Interstate 80, the latest snowfall allowed Boreal Mountain Resort to open up most of their runs, according to Anders Isaacson, Boreal sales and marketing coordinator. “While it is no secret that Mother Nature hasn’t made her presence felt around Tahoe like she has in years past, you wouldn’t know it by looking at the slopes of Boreal Mountain Resort,” Isaacson said. “After receiving an additional 12 to 18 inches of snow last week, we have been able to open our Cedar Ridge lift and are now just about at full capacity. We currently have five or our six lifts and 33 of our 36 runs open.” Reach Sara Seyydin at firstname.lastname@example.org.