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December 9, 2013
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Storm brings snow, icy roads, and fun to Nevada County


Most every resident, regardless of elevation level, woke up Saturday to snow.

The National Weather Service reported that the combination of low temperatures and a high-precipitation storm meant snow levels descended to the lowest point since Dec. 7, 2009.

Parts of Penn Valley, which typically stay below the snow line, had an inch of accumulation that fell throughout Friday night into Sunday morning.

Scores of photos and comments submitted to The Union show a community mostly taken with the unusual weather event, with children bundled up for sledding runs and some of the most iconic areas of picturesque western Nevada County shrouded in white.

However, the snow and ice brought havoc, as well, bursting pipes throughout the county, depriving homeowners of running water.

On Friday, Nevada County dispatch officers received at least seven phone calls regarding vehicles crashing due to the icy road conditions. At least four more calls followed on Saturday. On Sunday, after the storm had abated, an vehicle overturned near the intersection of Highway 49 and McKnight Way.

Transportation officials are cautioning residents to reduce driving speeds in light off the black ice that veneered roadways throughout the county.

“It was a circus out there,” said Colin Nelson of the Grass Valley Police Department.

Several of the high-elevation areas received as much as a foot and a half of snow during the storm.

In the High Sierra, ski resorts are reporting accumulation levels of three feet, allowing the erstwhile fallow chairlifts to begin moving skiers around the mountain. Sugar Bowl opened Saturday and made more terrain available on Sunday.

Alpine Meadows is scheduled to open this coming Friday and Squaw Valley and Northstar and going to open more terrain due to the copious loads of snow.

The cold temperatures will linger until the middle of the work week, with a slight break to follow, said Johnnie Powell of the National Weather Service. There is no further precipitation in the immediate forecast, Powell said.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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The Union Updated Dec 9, 2013 06:53AM Published Dec 10, 2013 12:31PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.