Break in storm routine |

Break in storm routine

Western Nevada County got a break in the season’s storms Wednesday, but rain today and freezing temperatures could bring more snow as early as tonight.

Unstable winter weather will cover much of the Sierra, and Nevada County likely will get rain today, the National Weather Service predicted.

With nighttime mercury expected to dip into the high 20s tonight and Friday night, that rain could turn to snow, said meteorologist Harry Stockman of Sacramento-based

“It wouldn’t surprise me if there were snow Friday morning,” Stockman said.

Big storms usually hit the area in late winter, Nevada County Transportation and Sanitation Director Michael Hill-Weld said.

“The second or third week in March is usually when we have our biggest storms,” said Hill-Weld, who each year plans extra overtime for his road crews at just this time. “This spell is just longer than usual.”

In the meantime, students trudged back to school Wednesday, buses resumed service and garbage crews scrambled to catch up in the aftermath of the season’s sixth arctic storm.

Piles of crusty, sparkling snow left by plows at the edges of streets and parking lots slowly melted into gray-brown slush.

Schools throughout western Nevada County reopened after having a snow day Tuesday. That day saw the season’s heaviest snowfall – as much as 12 to 24 inches of snow in some areas.

Waste Management of Nevada County sent out trucks to catch up after losing a day of service. Crews will try to catch up by Friday or Saturday. But steep, snow-covered streets – and a possible seventh snowstorm – could thwart their efforts, operations manager Jeff Massaglia said.

“The guys chain up, but if they can’t get in, or if it’s unsafe to back out, those areas will be the hard ones,” Massaglia said. Residents in such areas can put their bins at the end of their roads, where crews can pass by on a street that has been cleared, Massaglia said.

People with questions about their garbage service also can call Waste Management at 274-3090.


To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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