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Cold, wet and ugly

Eileen JoyceA California Highway Patrol officer keeps an eye on traffic as a car is towed away after its driver lost control and crashed in Thursday's bad weather on Highway 49.
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Thursday at 2:30 p.m. wasn’t a good time to replace or install plate-glass windows.

So Bill Beardsley didn’t.



“I stay here and just sit here. I don’t do any work at all. You can’t be effective,” Beardsley, owner of Nevada City Glass, said Thursday, safe inside his Gold Flat Road business.




Beardsley, like many, was staying away from the burst of hail that pelted western Nevada County and came with claps of thunder.

Hail stones south of Grass Valley had 3/4 inch diameters. At least a quarter-inch of hail accumulated on San Juan Ridge.

Hail coated roadways, delayed traffic and caused a handful of minor wrecks in the western county.

Throughout Thursday, strong winds wreaked havoc on power lines. An outage affecting 1,500 customers in the Nevada City area was reported at 3:37 p.m., said Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spokeswoman Lisa Randle. There were smaller pockets of outages during the day.

Less than three hours after the blast of hail, the winds calmed and the sun made a brief showing.

The National Weather Service predicts partly cloudy skies for today and mostly sunny skies Saturday. It also said rain or snow are likely Sunday.


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