Reporting Laura Skirde
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Some scattered showers fell across the valley on Friday morning and a light snow coated the higher mountain elevations.
The clouds are expected to clear in the Sacramento area by the afternoon, however, with temperatures in the low 70s. The highs will creep back into the low 80s over the weekend, with plenty of sunshine, and then flirt with 90 late next week, according to the National Weather Service.
Heavenly Mountain Resort reported receiving an inch of snow overnight, enough for resort employees to build their first snowman of the season. Kirkwood also saw its first snow of the season.
In parts of the Sierra, drivers Friday didn’t make it very far without daytime headlights.
In higher elevations, a thick fog was hanging close to the ground most of the day.
Sierra travelers unprepared for the temperature drop were feeling the chill in their summer wear.
“We’re headed towards Reno and I wore sandals,” one traveler said.
The coldest temperatures were at Donner’s Summit, where travelers had no choice but to venture out to make a pit stop.
“We were rather surprised to see mist on the windshield,” a motorist said. “We weren’t expecting it. It’s the moist air that’s really getting to us. That’s making it chilly.”
But just a mile east, temperatures warmed and sunshine emerged, hinting at the warmer weather expected this weekend.