One final gasp by Ol’ Man Winter |

One final gasp by Ol’ Man Winter

Spring sprang to life last week and western Nevada County residents ate it up while 60-plus degree sunny days invited them outside.

Just don’t put those winter jackets away because Ol’ Man Winter isn’t finished just yet.

A series of wintry storms are expected to come into the area Monday and extend through most of the week. The National Weather Service is predicting rain by tonight with potentially heavy snow accumulations above 3,300 feet. A second storm, expected to hit Tuesday through Thursday, could drop up to four inches of snow at about 2,700 feet.

Local pilots got up in the sky to enjoy the sunshine this weekend, said Sherm Hanley, a service worker at the Nevada County Airport. The runway is expected to go quiet as the weather rolls in, though, Hanley said.

“It’s getting a little challenging now,” Hanley said Sunday afternoon as a crosswind began to pick up at the airport. “Those crosswinds give pilots fits. I don’t think we’ll see any flights after Tuesday until the end of the week.”

With temperatures expected to drop under 30 degrees in the Grass Valley area at nighttime from Tuesday to Thursday, Hanley said the airport is expecting snow at its 3,100-foot perch.

“But we’ve got a lot of heat soak over the past few days so it may not stick to the asphalt,” he said.

At higher elevations, as much as three feet of snow could fall on the Sierra Nevada by Wednesday.

Drivers could run into gusty winds and swirling snow in the higher passes during the second storm, the weather service said. They are urged to carry tire chains, water, food, clothing and a flashlight.

The early spring blast could bring a halt to recreational activities as quickly as they had started.

The Nevada County Girls Softball Association, which opened up under blue skies over the weekend, will likely run into cancellations by mid-week, said Todd Richards, who serves on the league’s board of directors.

“It’s actually looking like Tuesday and Wednesday’s games are going to be a wash but we’re hoping to get the games in (today) and Thursday,” Richards said.

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail or call (530) 477-4239.

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