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December 4, 2012
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Saturation point: more rain to further soak Nevada County

In the wake of a violent storm that thoroughly soaked western Nevada County over the weekend, causing widespread flooding, road hazards and sewage overflows, more rain is in the forecast.

After 11.4 inches of rain fell on the county during a four-day stretch last week, another storm is slated to roll through the Sierra foothills beginning early Wednesday morning and continuing into the early evening, said George Cline, forecaster with the National Weather Service.

The storm will not near the intensity of that which hammered the western portion of the county Sunday morning, swelling streams, tributaries and saturating the South Yuba River watershed, Cline said.

About one inch and a quarter of rain will fall Wednesday, Cline said, with a considerable decrease in the rainfall rates over the powerful storm on Sunday. Once again, the storm will be accompanied by warm temperatures, with snow levels expected to stay at 8,000 feet elevation and above, Cline said.

The reason for the unseasonable warmth in the storm systems is due to the origination of the system coming further south than usual for the time of year, Cline said.

“These storms are typically warmer and contain more humidity and do not carry the colder temperatures you typically see from storms in December,” Cline said.

After the storm tapers off Wednesday evening, a pattern of dry weather will supplant the recent precipitation-heavy trend through the weekend, Cline said.

Up the hill, ski resorts are celebrating the recent storm, as many are reporting as much as 4 feet of new snow, according to North Lake Tahoe Recreation Update press release.

Sugar Bowl will re-open on Thursday as a result.

“With nearly 10 feet of snowfall at Sugar Bowl so far this season, and more snow on the way this week, we knew that Sugar Bowl skiers and riders were itching to get back on the mountain,” said John Monson, director of marketing for Sugar Bowl. “

By re-opening two days earlier than planned, skiers and
riders can take advantage of Sugar Bowl’s deep snow and superb ski conditions from top to bottom.”

According to a press release, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe welcomed 45 inches of snow throughout the series of storms and has received a total of 100 inches of snowfall to date and Squaw Valley’s upper mountain at 8,200 feet got 42 inches of snow.

Squaw spokeswoman Amelia Richmond, said the resort is high enough to avoid rain hampering the already established base and that the amount of snow currently on the ground could withstand small amounts of rainfall.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call (530) 477-4239.

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