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Old 01-11-2011, 03:27 PM
 
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Default Snow in Sac?

How often does it snow in Sacramento? Yesterday morning was pretty icy.
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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Not very often. You can check on line some where. End of January beginning of Feb is usually the best time for that to happen.

About three years ago we had overnight temps in the teens on the valley floor for about a week during in February.
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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About once every 20-30 years, and then it was generally about a quarter-inch. It's very, very unusual--generally the only time it gets that cold and icy is on clear nights when there is no cloud cover to keep the heat in.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:43 PM
 
Location: East Sacramento
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In the 1940's they got 5-6 inches but thats over. Might be global warming, hard to say.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Bryte, CA
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I've seen snow in the Sacramento area three times in the last ten years. It only showed up on the lawns once in those three times. However, someplace around here receives snow about every other year. Official statistics only note snow at one of several weather observations sites. So, if it snows in Arden, but not Downtown or the two airports, no snow is recorded for that year.

I did see a few flurries fall out of the freezing fog on Monday morning, but most of what everyone saw was the result of the water in the fog sticking to frozen surfaces making it appear very frosty.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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" In Sacramento snow falls so rarely, and in such small amounts, that its occurence may be disregarded as a climatic feature"....from the book The Weather Almanac.

We'll get frosts periodically throughout the winter on clear, calm nights as we had early this week like you mentioned, but that's usually about it when it comes to anything resembling snow and ice here.

Sacramento is in the USDA zone9 climate zone meaning the very lowest winter temperature 'expected' for any given winter will be the 20 to 30 degree range..Zone 9 is considered a 'mild winter zone' so that's why we can grow things like citrus here.

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Old 01-14-2011, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Hills & Hollers of SW MO
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I think it was about five or six years ago I looked out my office window and it was snowing. Musta lasted a whole 20 minutes!
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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We got about 4-6 inches of snow stuck on the ground in EDH last December (2009). Sadly I was visiting friends in Texas and missed it. But I have pictures!
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:21 PM
 
Location: San Diego (Unv Heights)
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I think it was about five or six years ago I looked out my office window and it was snowing. Musta lasted a whole 20 minutes!
Must not have been in the city proper. If it did snow for a steady 20 minutes in the city, it would have made top story on the weather obsessed local news.
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Bryte, CA
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Must not have been in the city proper. If it did snow for a steady 20 minutes in the city, it would have made top story on the weather obsessed local news.
The last measurable snow was in 2002. It has snowed several times since then but it melted when it fell on warmer surfaces.

Valley Snow? It's Happened Before | News10.net | Sacramento, California | Local News (http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=51928 - broken link)
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