(KTXL) — Conditions will be cloudy and cool Wednesday as heavy rain and snow continue to fall throughout the region, with conditions expected to lighten in the afternoon.
Rain blanketed the Sacramento region, turning to snow around 2,000 feet in elevation in places like Auburn, and continues to pound communities in the foothills and Sierra, including Jackson, Placerville and Pollock Pines.
The inclement weather caused tens of thousands of PG&E customers to lose power, with more than 55,000 customers experiencing outages as of Wednesday morning.
Snow will continue to impact travel as well. Although both Highway 50 and Interstate 80 have reopened, California officials are discouraging Sierra travel unless it’s essential.
The snow is expected to stop Thursday ahead of a stretch of dry weather throughout the weekend, with a possible sprinkling of snow in the Sierra Thursday night.
The wet weather is expected to return Monday.
The National Weather Service is warning low valley temperatures could drop down to near or below freezing starting Wednesday night. Some evening and morning temperatures are expected to be between 26 and 36 degrees through Sunday.
Ahead of freezing temperatures overnight Friday and Saturday, Sacramento is opening the Capitol City Seventh Day Adventist Church as a third warming center for unsheltered residents in addition to City Hall and the Hagginwood Community Center. All three centers will be open Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
- City Hall Lobby, at 915 I St.
- Hagginwood Community Center, 3271 Marysville Blvd.
- Capitol City Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 6701 Lemon Hill Ave.
Each center will provide a warm place to stay, snacks, water and restrooms. The City Hall and Hagginwood locations can accommodate pets as well.
The Union Gospel Mission at 400 Bannon St. is also operating as a winter warming center every night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.