UPDATE: The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum’s annual Christmas at the Railroad Museum has been postponed until Dec. 14. The free event will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the museum’s 5 Kidder Court location in Nevada City (at the intersection of Bost Ave. and New Mohawk Road).
A winter storm warning coming into effect Friday night not only won’t deter the celebration of Cornish Christmas in downtown Grass Valley, but the wintry blast might just serve up a snow-covered scene that enhances the event.
“Actually it’s really nice when it snows,” said Grass Valley Downtown Association Director Julia Jordan. “It’s the most enchanting experience you’ll ever see. Seriously, you’ve just got to experience it.”
Most of western Nevada County will likely experience some sort of snow over the weekend, as the National Weather Service has released a winter storm warning in effect, calling for heavy snow with low snow levels from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The winter storm is promising the kind of weather typically seen at higher elevations, with the weather service warning of wintry mountain pass conditions.
“Travel problems likely … with major roads in the mountains and foothills potentially (having) extended delays,” the weather service warns.
“Driving conditions normally seen only near pass levels will occur at much lower elevations. Downed trees and power lines (are expected) from accumulating snow.”
The weekend is full of holiday celebrations despite the storm.
The annual Christmas at the Railroad Museum, hosted by the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, is slated for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at its 5 Kidder Court location in Nevada City.
The celebration, a free event that will be attended by Santa Claus himself, is planned to wrap up near the same time as the winter storm warning. (Call 530-470-0902 for information.)
Also on Saturday, Music in the Mountains presents its holiday concerts at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday (Kids concert 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; Holiday concert 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, 3-6 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.musicinthemountains.org for information.
By the end of the storm Saturday, the weather service is predicting between 10 to 20 inches of snow in the mountains and between 3 to 10 inches accumulating in the foothills, with snow expected to fall as low as 1,000 feet in elevation.
Along with the snow, the storm will continue to bring freezing temperatures, which are expected to drop from the low 30s to the mid 20s during Friday night’s Cornish Christmas.
The cold weather will likely make one regular vendor at the annual event, Cecil Snow, who roasts chestnuts over an open fire, particularly popular.
“He will be extremely popular Friday night,” Jordan said. “In fact, I might be located over there!”
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