Clearer skies expected for weekend |

Clearer skies expected for weekend

Only scattered showers will remain today and Thursday from the storm that blew through western Nevada County earlier in the week, and clearer weather is expected for Easter weekend.

The storm dumped up to 3 feet of new snow in the high Sierra, “so we’ll be skiing into April easily,” said Harry Stockman of the weather service. Tahoe-Donner area resorts reported fresh powder, with more expected for the weekend.

Snow was also falling Tuesday evening in high-elevation areas of western Nevada County such as Cascade Shores.

From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 1.34 inches of rain fell on Grass Valley, bringing the total for the July through June precipitation year so far to 40.11 inches. The average amount by March 23 is 43.7 inches for the records that date back to 1962. Grass Valley averages 53.46 inches per year.

For the same period Monday through Tuesday, Nevada City had 1.89 inches of rain, bringing it to 49.13 inches since last summer. Nevada City averages 58.58 inches of precipitation per year.

The winds that propelled the storm will also fade this weekend as a high-pressure system collects in the area, Stockman said.

High temperatures will range in the mid-50s through Friday with lows in the mid-30s. Highs will climb into the low 60s for Saturday and Sunday, with lows in the high 30s.

Conditions will be cloudy to partly cloudy through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The Weather Channel foresees showers again next Monday, clearing on Tuesday, and a 60 percent chance of rain on March 30 and 31 as the month ends.

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