Showers slow for weekend |

Showers slow for weekend

Residents in western Nevada County who fear their weekend outdoor plans may by stymied by hail and heavy rain should go ahead and get out their hiking boots.

Despite continuing sporadic showers predicted to continue into this morning, weather forecasters say the skies are expected to clear by this afternoon.

There will be “improving weather (today), and mostly fair weather through to Friday of next week,” said Harry Stockman, a forecaster with the weather service.

The storm residents experienced Friday brought the Grass Valley area about one inch of rain, most of it falling during the afternoon shower that brought some small hail in areas such as Nevada City.

Some streams in the county may have experienced minor flooding due to the storm, as well, Stockman said.

The sudden change of weather caused several relatively minor traffic accidents in the area, including several on Highway 20 near White Cloud.

At 4:05 p.m., a brown Ford Ranger pickup rolled onto its side on Alta Sierra Drive, but there were no serious injuries to the occupants, according to California Highway Patrol reports. It is not known if weather was a factor in the rollover.

Details of other accidents were not available Friday afternoon.

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