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December 7, 2013
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Winter storm blankets Nevada County with snow

A winter storm warning remains in effect through 4 p.m. today in western Nevada County, along with a hard freeze warming through Dec. 10.

The National Weather Service is forecasting likely show showers before 10 a.m., with patchy dense fog.

Otherwise, cloudy skies will give way to sunny skies with a high near 33 degrees. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1-2 inches is possible, the weather service reports.


PG&E is reporting two power outages in the area, one in Grass Valley affecting between 1-49 customers, with an unknown cause and estimated time of restoration, and another in Penn Valley, caused by a vehicle crash into a power pole. The Penn Valley outage is impacting between 1-49 customers with an estimated time of restoration by 5 p.m. today.


With hazardous road conditions due to the snowfall and ice, the California Highway Patrol is responding to a semi stuck in the roadway in the Alta Sierra area. According to the CHP, the driver was en route to the Alta Sierra Country Club on Norlene Way to make a delivery, but cannot go any further.


Caltrans is requiring chains or snow tires on Highway 49 from Grass Valley to the junction of Highway 20 and on to Sattley in Sierra County. The requirement is also in effect from Sierraville to the Sierra/Plumas county line.

Chains are also required on all vehicles except four-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires from Nevada City to the junction of Interstate 80.

Interstate 80 was close this morning to tractor-trailer combinations from Applegate in Placer County to the Nevada state line, due to hazardous conditions. Chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels, from Colfax to the Nevada state line.

Eastbound truck are being screened at Applegate.

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The Union Updated Dec 7, 2013 11:23AM Published Dec 8, 2013 02:07PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.