Rain to last through Jan. 23 in Nevada County | TheUnion.com

Rain to last through Jan. 23 in Nevada County

Another bout of wet weather hit Nevada County on Friday — and locals should expect to keep their umbrellas handy into the weekend.

The storm, which moved into the area early Friday morning, dropped around .30 inches of rain before noon on Friday, said Nathan Owen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

And that morning precipitation was just the first round of the storm, Owen said. A stronger system was expected to bring more rain to the area Friday evening.

“That will probably be a little bit heavier at times,” Owen said.

Those off-and-on periods of heavy rain will likely persist into early Saturday before giving way to lingering showers through Saturday evening.

By the time the skies clear, the storm system will have dropped up to two inches of rain in the area, Owen said.

Snow was predicted at elevations of 6,000 feet and above on Friday and at elevations of 4,500 feet and up Friday evening and into Saturday. The National Weather Service was predicting the storm would bring up to two feet of snow above 5,000 feet.

The area’s skies should be mostly dry next week, Owen said, with the potential for another storm to hit next weekend.

But, “that’s getting really far to the edge of our forecast,” Owen said. “The timing might change on that one.”

Owen said the Grass Valley area has received 9-12 inches of rain in January so far; the area’s average rainfall for the month of January has been just under 9 inches.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email elavin@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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