California Town Colder Than Alaska Area Above Arctic Circle As Deep Freeze Intensifies

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The Mist Trail at Yosemite National Park was closed due to ice amid a cold snap in Northern California. (Credit: Yosemite National Park)

A record cold snap continued across Northern California on Sunday, including more below-zero temperature readings.

According to the National Weather Service, it was actually colder in Alturas, Calif., the seat of Modoc County in the far northeastern corner California, than it was in Barrow, Alaska, which lies above the Arctic Circle and is the northernmost city in the United States. Alturas registered minus-3 degrees, while Barrow recorded 3 degrees above zero. It was even colder in Alturas on Saturday — minus-5, breaking a record set in 1931 — and that was warmer than one spot in California, in the Lassen National Forest east of Redding, which checked in at minus-11.

The Sacramento Valley also saw record cold on Sunday morning. Stockton’s low was 25 while Redding was 22. Both bested the lowest temperature for the day. The San Francisco Bay Area has also seen subfreezing temperatures.

Northern California has been hit by a series of cold winter storms over the last few weeks that have dumped heavy amounts of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The snow and cold temperatures have been a boon for the ski industry, which has struggled through several years of drought.

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