Not done yet; more snow on way
Another cold snap that blasted into western Nevada County early this morning has caused the National Weather Service to issue a heavy snow warning for the Sierra.
The warning in effect until 6 p.m. today is expected to add 1 to 4 more inches of snow as low as 1,500 feet in elevation. Another 5 to 10 inches is expected above 2,000 feet.
Traveling will be treacherous in the Sierra and motorists are advised to carry tire chains.
The National Weather Service is predicting a break in the storm pattern for Saturday and Sunday, with another system moving in Sunday night. That front could produce showers and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
Heavy, wet snow closed schools Thursday for the first time in four years, according to the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office.
There were scattered power failures, including one that shut down the county government Rood Center in Nevada City. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported the largest outage was in the Cement Hill area, near the Rood Center, where 439 customers were without power from 3:50 a.m. to noon Thursday, said PG&E spokeswoman Lisa Randle.
Nearby on North Bloomfield Road, a tree took down a power pole and power lines near Lake Vera Road at 4:49 a.m. The power was out for 55 customers in that area until 4 p.m. A tree-cutting crew had to remove the tree to get power restored.
Other smaller power failures were reported on Ponderosa Way and Caroline Way; on Hopeful Hill Road in Nevada City; and on Donner’s Oak Road and Myrna Drive in Grass Valley. PG&E expected all the power to be returned by Thursday night.
About 10 a.m. Thursday on Banner Mountain, a snowplow hit a fire hydrant at the corner of Mayflower and Butterfly drives.
“It’s like a river coming down our road,” said Kim West who lives on Butterfly Drive.
The water was starting to flow into her driveway until her son-in-law, Mike Jaime, diverted it with a shovel and snow. Nevada Irrigation District crews showed up shortly thereafter and turned the hydrant off, West said.
No major accidents were reported in the area, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Pingree.
“We dodged a bullet today,” he said.
Pingree said CHP officers are prepared to deal with accidents if things become icy Friday.
Grass Valley Police reported that a tree fell through a home in the 500 block of Glenwood Drive. The fire department responded and found the occupants outside the home, according to Battalion Chief Tom Browning.
A limb from the large oak penetrated the roof and ceiling of the home, causing structural damage, Browning said.
The snow that fell overnight Thursday left 16 inches at Cascade Shores above Nevada City and a trace in Penn Valley. About 3 inches of snow fell on the San Juan Ridge and the Grass Valley-Nevada City area got 4 inches.
To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4237.
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