I don't know where zip code 959xx is, even though it's in California. Depending on your winter situation, a Meyer lemon can live outdoors, will want to be in a protected outdoor environment, or will need complete protection/not be worth the frustration.
Let's see...all three of these conditions can be found along an 80-mile stretch of Interstate 80:
Sacramento, Sunset Climate Zone 14: tree is fine in the ground, in planters, wherever; outdoors all year
Colfax, Sunset Climate Zone 7: protected (leeward) location outdoors, esp. if in containers; south exposure preferred with wind protection; beware of frost--cover plant if frost expected
Truckee, Sunset Climate Zone 1A: "Coldest Mountain & Intermountain Areas of the Contiguous States and Southwestern British Columbia"--need I say more?
I have also moved this post to the Growing Fruit forum, where more citrus enthusiasts will see it.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9