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Balmy now but storms coming

Lorraine Gervais and Mikail Graham were basking in the February sun Thursday on the balmy patio of Broad Street Books & Espresso Cafe in Nevada City.

Sporting his best Bohemian beret, Graham apparently could not help himself from getting a bit dramatic.

“We’re plotting the future of Nevada City,” he said, seated in the Monet-like surroundings. “It’s one of those gorgeous days before the next onslaught. I’ve got to say it’s spectacular.”



Dressed in black and not to be upstaged, Gervais remarked, “We’re enjoying the weather until we are plunged back into the abyss of the dark and unrelenting winter again.”

That could come as early as tonight, said Steve Martinez of the Qwikcast.com weather service. After a few days of rain and cold, the sunny weather will return by the end of the weekend, only to be followed by another storm, he said.




“We’ve got an unseasonably high ridge that set up over the Pacific Northwest and California, so we were stuck with the sunny warm weather,” Martinez said Thursday. That will keep skies clear and temperatures in the high 50s and maybe into the 60s today, according to Martinez and the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

“That ridge will finally diminish, and a weak system will move in Friday night and Saturday morning, bringing a threat of rain showers through the area,” Martinez said. Snow levels will be at 5,000 feet, and additional inches will fall on the ski resorts around Truckee and Lake Tahoe, “but not too much,” Martinez said.

“The whole weekend will not be a loss. High pressure will build back in Sunday and Monday, and we’ll be sunny and mild again,” with highs around 60 and lows in the mid-30s.

“There’s potential for locally heavy rains Tuesday night and Wednesday,” Martinez said.

Ken Baker of Nevada City has lived here all his life and is used to nice stretches in mid-winter. “The nice part of living in Nevada County is you don’t get a diet of just one kind of weather,” he said.

“We always get good weather between the storms,” Baker said while perfecting his stroke on the putting green at the Nevada County Country Club. “The weather was so nice, it was hard to resist.”

Crawling on the jungle gym, smiling and pushing the limits of the cute meter at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley was Noah Carter, 2, of Grass Valley.

“We came out because it’s a sunny day,” said his mom, Subrina Carter. “I got him out of the house before the weather gets bad again.”


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