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Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:00 am, Tue Jan 3, 2012.

If you want to go skiing this week, you will have no trouble driving Sierra highways, but you'll have to settle for man-made snow.

If you want a warm summer day, go to Southern California, where temperatures will be in the 80s.

If it's gray, dreary skies you're after, stay put in Lodi or Galt.

After one spring-like day on Sunday, when temperatures were over 60 degrees, the Lodi area returned to gray skies on Monday due to a high-pressure system throughout California, according to Mike Pigott, a meteorologist for AccuWeather.com, a private forecasting service.

Lodi is being hit by clouds and fog, and if we are to see any sunshine, it will be in the afternoon after the clouds and fog burn off, Pigott said.

On the other hand, if you want some bright sunshine, just go east into the foothills and you'll be above the fall. Ski resorts have snowfall way below level, so if you want to hit the slopes, you'll have to rely on the man-made stuff.

Nevertheless, Sierra ski resorts promote their outstanding ski conditions. Kirkwood Ski Resort on Highway 88 reports "perfectly groomed trails," with snowpack measuring 35 to 37 inches and a base snow depth of 18-20 inches.

Heavenly Valley, in the South Lake Tahoe area, reports 13-22 inches of snow and a base depth of 18 to 24 inches, and a season snow total of 13 to 22 inches.

For balmy summer-like weather, head to the Los Angeles area, where highs will reach the 80s today and Wednesday, Pigott said.

In the Lodi area, highs will reach the upper 50s this week, and lows will dip into the high 30s. There is absolutely no rain in sight, continuing the dry fall and early weather pattern locally, Pigott said.

Lodi has had 2.02 inches of rain during the season that started July 1, according to Weather Underground. That's less than one-third of normal. Lodi should have 6.73 inches of rain by now. By this time last season, 11.03 inches had pelted the area.

The Lake Tahoe area will also be in the 50s today through Thursday afternoon, which will be close to record highs, Pigott said. You'll still have to bundle up at Tahoe, though. Those blue skies will bring icy temperatures at nights — it will be in the teens and 20s.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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