Wednesday Mar 10 2010
Wintry weather brings snow to Foresthill, Colfax, parts of Auburn
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Mother Nature provided Auburn with a reminder Wednesday morning that winter is still on. Areas of Auburn as low as 1,300 feet received a dusting of snow as colder-than-normal weather continued to sock the foothills with wintry weather conditions. The snow in Auburn was brief, with Wings restaurant in North Auburn reporting a brief coating on the grass shortly after 6 a.m. But rain moved in quickly to melt it away. Higher into the foothills, Colfax and Foresthill both experienced brief snowfalls that had more-or-less disappeared as the day continued and temperatures warmed. Don Dusart, owner of Foothills Tow in Colfax, said the community – located at about 3,000 feet – had an inch or two of the white stuff Wednesday morning. In Foresthill, Jodi Nielson said there had been two or three inches of snow on the ground from the overnight storm but that had melted by early afternoon. “It was a surprise,” Nielson said. “I thought it would be a light dusting.” No school closures were reported but at least two – Sierra Hills in Meadow Vista and Weimar Hills in Weimar – delayed opening for two hours because of the prospect of slippery road conditions. Placerville – at about the same elevation as Auburn – also received a light dusting, said meteorologist Karl Swanberg of the Sacramento National Weather Service office. The major culprit in the recent cold weather has been the trajectory of storms emanating from Alaska and arriving with colder-than-usual temperatures from the northwest, he said. “These are the ingredients for some changeable weather – including sleet, hail and wet snow,” Swanberg said. Temperatures were expected to stay colder than normal overnight Wednesday, with temperatures in the 30s. But the weather service is expecting a warming trend after that. There likely will be one more round of rain Friday, with light snow possible in higher elevations of the foothills. By Saturday, the rain clouds will have cleared out and clear skies will predominate, bringing temperatures up into the 60s, Swanberg said. That warming trend should continue Monday and Tuesday.