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More wet weather ahead for Nevada County

After a short break Friday, Nevada County residents can expect another dose of rain and possibly some snow at the higher elevations this weekend.

The National Weather Service is forecasting between 1 and 2 inches of rain in Grass Valley, starting late tonight or early Sunday morning.

Widespread rain is expected; a colder storm system is expected to move across the region late Sunday into early Monday, bringing mountain snow.

Sunday night, the low in Grass Valley will be around 41 degrees, with a high near 50 for Monday. Monday night, temperatures are predicted to drop to about 37 degrees in Grass Valley.

Snow levels will initially be above pass levels but will rapidly drop in the evening, to 4,000-5,000 feet by Monday morning, according to the weather service.

Motorists traveling into the mountains Sunday night into early Monday should be prepared for winter driving conditions. Slick roads are possible at lower elevations from wet leaves and clogged drains.

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Above 6,000 feet, 4 to 8 inches of snow accumulation is being predicted, with up to a foot on higher peaks.

A high wind watch will be in effect for the Truckee and greater Lake Tahoe area this evening through Sunday morning, with winds becoming strong and gusty Saturday night through late Sunday morning. Gusts to 60 mph are possible. Strong cross winds and travel restrictions are likely to impact high profile vehicles. Aviation impacts are expected for area airports with hazardous boating conditions on Lake Tahoe Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Localized damage to trees and fences may occur along with possible power outages.

The weather service recommended securing loose outdoor items such as patio furniture, holiday decorations and trash cans. Make sure you have extra food and water on hand, flashlights with spare batteries and/or candles in the event of a power outage.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at lkellar@theunion.com.

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