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Snow, rain arrive in Nevada County

Some very welcome snow and rain are coming in over the next three days, weather officials said Sunday.

“Be prepared for winter driving conditions in the mountains!” said a notice — exclamation points included — from the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “Here comes the rain and snow!”

Excitement about the much-needed moisture comes just days after Gov. Jerry Brown, bemoaning the lack of any appreciable mountain snowpack, called for 25 percent water use reductions across the state. Brown said the state’s four years of drought requires drastic cutbacks by everyone.



Forecasters said there could be 3 to 8 inches of snow above 4,000 feet by this morning, and light snow down to about 3,000 feet.

In Grass Valley, between 0.2 of an inch and a half-inch of rain is expected, said Brooke Bingaman, a weather service forecaster.




“The second wave should come in Monday night and run through Wednesday,” Bingaman said.

“Tuesday will really be the brunt of the next wave of rain and snow,” she added. “And it will be much wetter than what we’re seeing so far.”

The weather service says motorists must be prepared for winter driving conditions in the mountains through Wednesday.

According to forecasters, the second storm wave that starts Monday night should bring between 6 and 12 inches of snow about 4,000 feet, and light snow down to about 3,000 feet.

In Grass Valley, rain totals from the second storm are expected to be from a quarter to half of an inch.

To summarize, the first part of the week looks like this, according to the weather service:

— Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. South wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

— Monday night: Rain, mainly after 11 p.m. Low around 33. South southeast wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

— Tuesday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11 a.m. Some of the storms could produce small hail. High near 45. South southeast wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

— Tuesday night: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

— Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email kbrenner@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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