Storm drenches, but with little damage |

Storm drenches, but with little damage

Although Nevada County saw its share of rain and wind from Wednesday’s storm, it was relatively unscathed compared to other areas in Northern California.

With winds gusting more than 40 mph and rain pouring incessantly, Pacific Gas and Electric was bracing for power outages caused by falling trees and limbs. Unlike Marysville and Yuba City, where thousands of customers lost power, western Nevada County had only about 20 homes with power outages, PG&E spokeswoman Lisa Randle said.

“There was not a great impact on the foothill area,” Randle said. “The Marysville area had the largest impact, with 17,000 people in Yuba City losing service.”

As the storm drenched the lowlands and foothills, the Sierra Nevada saw heavy snow. Total snow accumulations through this evening will range from 20 to 32 inches above 4000 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow levels will drop today to between 3,000 to 3,500 feet. Tonight, the snow level is expected to fall below 3,000 feet.

Below that elevation, today’s weather will be a combination of widespread showers and thunder storms mixed with hail, said Steve Martinez of the weather service.

“There will be a mixture of clouds and sun, but the showers will be numerous,” Martinez said. “The showers will continue through Friday. The weekend looks pretty decent.”

Randle said the north coast and the Bay Area were hit the hardest by the storm. On Wednesday, PG&E estimated that 75,000 customers were without power in scattered areas from the Oregon border to Sacramento and the Bay Area.

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