Spring snowstorm causes havoc around Nevada County | TheUnion.com

Spring snowstorm causes havoc around Nevada County

Multiple traffic accidents and downed power lines marked the first — and probably last — snowstorm of the season Tuesday morning.

No serious injuries were reported from the numerous slow-speed collisions caused by the wet, slushy snow that made a brief appearance as far down the hill as Alta Sierra.

Power lines were reported down at Boulder Street and Park Avenue in Nevada City, and at Alpine Lane and Walker Drive in Grass Valley.

A downed tree hit a power line and caught on fire at Brookview Drive Circle, according to dispatch reports.

A multi-vehicle accident on Brunswick and Greenhorn roads reportedly involved 10 to 15 vehicles and prompted the closure of the road at about 10:30 a.m. Another accident at Alta and Alta Mine roads closed that road at about 10:30 a.m. as well.

Other accidents, or vehicles stuck in the snow, were reported at Highway 49 and Marysville Road, at Loma Rica and Grass Valley avenues, and on the eastbound offramp of Highway 49 at Dorsey Drive — all before noon. Chains or snow tires were needed for Highway 174 between Colfax and Grass Valley, as well as six miles up Highway 20 to Interstate 80.

Snow accumulation varied widely across the county, with higher elevations such as Cascade Shores reporting nearly 7 inches of snow at about 3,400 feet.

More rain fell Tuesday afternoon and early evening, with snow reported above 3,000 feet.

The National Weather Service was predicting a 40 percent chance of showers today before noon, with new precipitation amounts of less than a 10th of an inch possible. The sun will return later today, with mostly sunny weather forecasted for the rest of the week through Sunday.

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