More rain in forecast, brief break expected |

More rain in forecast, brief break expected

Jennifer Terman
Staff Writer

Nevada County can expect light and scattered showers early today, before a brief break, and the likely return of rain over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

"We still have a little bit of instability and lingering moisture, so there are still some scattered showers and any precipitation will be light," said Craig Shoemaker, forecaster for the weather service.

The rain is expected to dry out Thursday afternoon and remain partly cloudy until the weekend, which may experience light showers.

"There's going to be some shower chances mainly late in the day Saturday and probably extending on into Sunday," Shoemaker said. "It doesn't look like a heavy rain or major system."

Nevada County is experiencing a low pressure system, with some showers as part of a convective showery pattern, he said.

"We're kind of on the tail end of a low-pressure system pushing east of the area over the Great Basin," Shoemaker said. "We are on the backside of that right now. There's an upper level high that will be building over the area (today) and Friday."

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A winter storm warning for the Sierra was announced Christmas Day and extended into Wednesday night, which added 2-3 inches of snow, according to forecaster Karl Swanberg. Snow levels have been running from 2,500 to 3,500 feet, which will remain the same for the next couple days, Swanberg said.

There is a chance of snow showers in the morning and a chance of more in the afternoon today.

The temperatures for ski resorts range from the low-20s to 30s with highs into the low 40s at the lower elevations with light winds.

Kingvale reported 17 1/2 inches of snow, which Swanberg deemed a typical Sierra snowstorm.

The higher portions of ski resorts received 6-8 feet of snow in the past 24-48 hours, with 2-4 feet at the lower resort levels.

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call (530) 477-4230.

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