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Frigid storm arriving

A cold storm barreling out of the Gulf of Alaska is expected to pummel Northern California as early as this morning.

“We have a really large and strong low-pressure system moving in,” said Steve Martinez of the Qwikcast.com weather service. “It will produce very heavy rain and very strong southerly winds.”

The foothills and valley is likely to see several inches of rain through Thursday morning and wind gusts between 50 and 60 mph, Martinez said.



Snow levels will be above 5,000 feet at the start of the storm today and then drop to about 3,500 feet Thursday morning, said Rudy Cruz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.

“From 5,000 feet up, people traveling should anticipate heavy snow and probably a foot of snow at the passes,” Cruz said. “The front that moved past Tuesday morning didn’t bring cold air with it. This one is moving across the Gulf of Alaska. You’re going to see those temperatures drop down.”




Martinez said Nevada City could see a few snow flurries Thursday morning but will see mostly rain. Currently, Grass Valley is about an inch over the average rainfall total for this time of year, he said.


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