Rain continues into Monday night, but temps will warm Tuesday | TheUnion.com

Rain continues into Monday night, but temps will warm Tuesday

Pictured above, Mt. Rose opens Wednesday after nearly consistent snowfall for the past 24 hours.
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Nevada County has been blessed with a spell of rain in the last couple of days. But according to officials with the National Weather Service, the drizzle was to cease by Monday night, and dry weather will return for the rest of the week.

“Right now all the main (precipitation) activities have moved to the south,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Idamis Del Valle Monday afternoon. “But we have some thunderstorms coming up in the west.”

Temperatures will rise Tuesday morning and stay in the mid-50s through Thursday. Then from Friday to Sunday, temperatures will climb to the 60s.

Del Valle said that as of Monday afternoon, Grass Valley has amassed 1.21 inches of rain, while Sacramento Valley has collected up to 1 inch.

The California Highway Patrol was kept busy during the rainstorm, thanks to a spate of accidents caused by people driving too fast on wet roadways.

“It was the first significant rain of the season,” said spokesman Greg Tassone. “There was a lot of pollen and oil on the roadways.”

Tassone said the CHP responded to a number of collisions, with some minor to moderate injuries reported.

There also were several minor mud and debris slides on Highway 49 north of Nevada City, causing traffic hazards, Tassone said.

Del Valle said as of Monday, snowfall had concentrated in areas that are situated at elevation of 8,000 feet or above.

The wet weather saw activities by some snow resorts that are getting ready to make magic happen for the holiday season.

Employees at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort will start making snow Monday night.

The snow shower in Norden resulted in the accumulation of 4 inches of snow in the resort’s base area, and 7 to 8 inches in its peak area, said John Monson, executive director of sales and marketing at Sugar Bowl.

Monson said the opening day for Sugar Bowl has not been decided, but he expects to collect a foot of snow by opening day.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows saw 8 inches of snow Monday morning. Staff at the ski resort will launch snowmaking Monday night, according to a press release.

Squaw Valley will open Nov. 25 while Alpine Meadows will be accessible beginning Dec. 11.

Tahoe Donner is getting a new snowmaking machine this year. The Truckee-based ski facility had 6 inches of snow Monday morning, said Ashley Quadros, the marketing content coordinator at the company.

Quadros said staff will begin snowmaking as soon as conditions permit once construction concludes.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, email tliu@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236. Staff writer Liz Kellar contributed to this report.

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