P eople living and working at sea level in Del Norte County experienced a rare event Monday — snow.
As showers moved through the area, snow levels were as low as 500 feet near Crescent City, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Burling. Weather forecasters expected that to continue on and off through the day with showers continuing through the evening and then tapering off, he said.
“It’s a big low-pressure system dropping down from the north,” Burling said Monday. “And with that, we’re seeing by far the coldest air aloft that we’ve seen this season and that’s really what’s driving the snow levels down so low.”
Though snow was falling at sea level, Burling said meteorologist didn’t expect much accumulation.
Over the weekend, the North Coast saw an inch or two of precipitation with the Crescent City area receiving roughly 0.6 of an inch, Burling said. He expected showers to diminish in intensity overnight, though a few could linger through this morning.
Burling said conditions would be dry through late Thursday with another system expected to come down from the north Friday and into the weekend.
Temperatures were at their lowest on Monday, according to Burling. He said temperatures would be in the upper 40s on Tuesday and in the low 50s for the rest of the week.
“It’s staying cool for this time of the year, but not quite as cold as today,” he said.
Meanwhile, Burling urged caution for motorists, especially due to the snow and small hail forecast for the region. However, though chains were recommended for drivers on California 36 through portions of Trinity County, there were no restrictions on U.S. 199, according to Caltrans.
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