Fall blows into county | TheUnion.com

Fall blows into county

Autumn weather is finally here to stay, but it is still too early to forget fire safety, area officials said Sunday.

An upper-level trough brought rain and gusts of cold air to Nevada County over the weekend, said Harry Stockman, of the Qwikcast weather service. The rain and cold temperatures will stick around at least through Wednesday.

“We will have a series of systems coming in through Wednesday,” Stockman said. For the time being, highs will reach into the mid-50s and low 60s, he said.

Stockman said it will warm up slightly by Thursday or Friday, but that rain is expected again, by Saturday or Sunday.

“This is a dramatic change into fall weather that will be here to stay,” Stockman said. “We are definitely in fall mode.”

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which operates Nevada County’s emergency dispatch center, reported a slight increase in vehicle accidents and collisions Sunday.

CDF Capt. Steve Mueller said vehicle owners should make sure to drive slower, depending on weather, and to make sure they have operating windshield wipers, defrosters and tires.

“It is not too far off to start thinking about chains,” Mueller said.

Mueller said, however, that one day of rain does not put an end to the fire season. The burn ban is also still in effect, until CDF calls it off. Depending on how much rain the county sees this week, this could all change. Until it does, residents should not burn their debris, Mueller said.

“We still have a chance for dry weather,” he said.

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