Storm brings rain to Nevada County, snow to the Sierra |

Storm brings rain to Nevada County, snow to the Sierra

Nevada County welcomed wet weather on Sunday, and the rain is expected to continue through Monday before drying up.

Grass Valley initially collected about .10 inches of rain Sunday morning, said Courtney Obergfell, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sacramento.

The brunt of the storm was expected to hit Sunday night into Monday morning, with “scattered pop-up thunderstorms” possible into Monday afternoon and evening, Obergfell said. Temperatures on Monday are predicted to reach around 50 degrees.

The storm could produce up to .75 inches of rain in the Sacramento Valley and up to three inches of rain in the Sierra Nevada mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm is also bringing the first snow of the season to the Sierra. Snow levels were at 9,000 feet on Sunday morning, during what Obergfell called the warmest part of the storm. Those levels were expected to drop to around 7,500 feet Sunday night into Monday morning, when the heaviest snow is predicted. On Monday, most of the snowfall will occur between 7-8,000 feet, though some light snow could fall as low as 5,000 feet, Obergfell said.

The storm could dump up to 8 inches of snow at elevations of about 7,500 feet; higher elevations could see more than a foot of snow.

Though Obergfell said Nevada County might see scattered showers Tuesday into early Wednesday, the majority of the work week looks dry; temperatures should rise to the low-to-mid-60s by Friday.

Still, “that’s definitely cooler than what we’ve seen, so this will kind of be the big cool down” after a summer and early fall of warm temperatures, Obergfell said.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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