Cold moving in, more precip expected – Reader photo gallery included
The National Weather Service said foothill residents will see snow, sleet and rain Friday night as a cold system dropped into Nevada County.
The system came into Grass Valley about 4:30 p.m. with a snow level of 1,500 feet. Isolated thunderstorms are possible Friday night until 10 p.m. as well that could bring hail.
Earlier in the day, traffic officials advised western Nevada County residents to say home after several inches of snow fell in the area’s third snowstorm of the season.
Residents of unincorporated areas should go out onto the roads only with 4-wheel-drive vehicles or with chains, the local office of the California Highway Patrol advised Friday morning.
“People are 2-wheel driving when they need to be in 4-wheel drive or with chains. They can’t get any traction,” CHP Sgt. Dee Lavrador said.
By late morning, the CHP was reporting collisions at Woodbury Drive at Dog Bar Road. Earlier wrecks had been reported at East Bennett Road at Cordell Court, Red Dog at Pasquale roads, Highway 49 at Cherry Creek Road and Alta Sierra Drive at Ball Road, according to the CHP Website. An injury accident was reported on North Bloomfield at Graniteville roads.
An ambulance was reported blocking a lane of northbound Highway 49 at Independence Trail, the CHP reported.
A motorist on Scotts Valley Road reported a group of people who appeared stranded at 9:10 a.m. When deputies arrived, they arrested one person for possession of a controlled substance and another for violating parole, county Sheriff Keith Royal said.
“We’re out there to assist motorists that have issues with the snow and to assist the CHP,” Royal said. “But for us, there have been no major issues.”
Meanwhile, chains are being required on Highway 20, generally starting east of Nevada City. However, the snow line continues to move, the CHP’s Lavrador said.
On Highway 49, drivers are having problems between Alta Sierra and Little Valley Road and again to Patricia Way, Lavrador said.
On Highway 174, drivers were having trouble between Burma Road and Wood Rose Way. An accident there had been cleared earlier in the morning, Lavrador said.
Motorists have been skidding out on Ridge, Brunswick and Greenhorn roads, blocking some portions until the vehicles could be cleared.
In Grass Valley, Idaho-Maryland Road is closed between Brunswick Road and Sutton Way. Alta Street and Alta Vista are closed at the big hill.
On Ridge Road, several vehicles spun out, plowing into embankments or skidding into other cars at various points near Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley Police Capt. Dave Remillard said. The wrecks were cleared by police and Public Works.
The California Department of Transportation had crews plowing snow and spreading sand on Highways 49 and 20 throughout the morning. Nevada County snowplows also were working on county roads, but were having trouble keeping up with the snowfall.
Harry Stockman of Qwickcast.com Weather Service said there will be a break between storms Saturday, but another will hit some time Sunday and continue into Monday. That storm will probably be a little warmer and raise snow levels to 3,000 feet.
More storms are likely to follow next week, Stockman said. According to the National Weather Service, there will be a chance of rain Tuesday and Wednesday, changing to a chance for snow Thursday and Friday.
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