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Winter storm may move Strong parade indoors

Nevada City’s parade honoring local paralympic gold-medalist Evan Strong, which is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, may be moved indoors, according to Mayor Sally Harris. The event will not be cancelled under any circumstances, Harris said, but weather conditions could make the outdoor festivities unsafe.

Forecasters at the Sacramento office of the National Weather Service have announced winter storm and winter weather advisories for our region that expire tomorrow at 11 a.m. — hours before the parade is scheduled to start.

Harris says that a small committee will meet around mid-day to make the decision based on weather conditions.

If the weather looks clear, the parade will take place as planned. If not, the celebration will have to be moved indoors.

The planned route for the parade currently goes down Broad Street to National Alley, than back up to the Miners Foundry via Spring Street. If weather makes outdoor festivities prohibitively dangerous or uncomfortable, the parade will simply begin and end at the Foundry.

Those planning to attend can expect an announcement around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

As for the storm itself, National Weather Service forecaster Karl Swanberg called it a cold-weather system moving south from the Gulf of Alaska region.

Higher altitudes within Nevada County will face a winter storm advisory above 3,000 feet starting today at 2 p.m.

A winter weather advisory, which is somewhat less severe than a storm warning, has also been announced at lower elevations. That will go into effect tonight at 8 p.m.

Both are currently set to expire at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Rain is expected in the Grass Valley area through the end of the day, turning into snow showers after midnight.

Snow levels are expected to drop to 2,500 feet above sea level, with sporadic snow showers at lower altitudes and snow accumulations of 1-3 inches. Higher elevations can expect more snow.

“Up at the higher elevations we’re looking at 3-6 inches of snow, but as you get higher up, that will range from 8-12 inches across higher terrain areas,” Swanberg said. “There will be local amounts of over 2 feet in some of the prime mountain peak areas.”

Swanberg also warned of travel hazards resulting from the storm.

“At times there could be some local snow showers down below the 2,500 foot level,” Swanberg said. “They’re going to cause some slippery road conditions.”

Check back with The Union’s website periodically for updates as the storm progresses.

To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, send emails to dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

Update: 5:13 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol’s Traffic Incident Information Page, accidents have occurred along Highway 20 at Jefferson Creek Road, Lowell Hill Road, and just east of White Cloud.

Another incident was reported at Highway 49 and Main Street, near Downieville.


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