Sudden shift – rain spells end to fire season |

Sudden shift – rain spells end to fire season

The Union photos/John HartDiana Dejani tries to put away her umbrella as she climbs into the back seat of a car at the Nevada City SPD Market on Zion Street Tuesday afternoon. More storms are expected to hit the county in the coming week.
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A hefty early-season storm knocked out power to 2,000 western Nevada County homes Tuesday and dropped up to an inch of rain, according to weather forecasters.

But the storm that dropped at least a half inch of rain on all spots in the county’s foothills was deemed to be the worst of the week, and the next front will not be as strong.

“Air temperatures will be colder,” said Harry Stockman of “There will be a chance of isolated thunderstorms (through today).” But he said Thursday and Friday should be warmer and drier.

Highs are expected to be in the upper 50s today with lows in the 40s. Highs will climb into the mid-60s Thursday and remain there through the weekend. Lows will be in the low 40s.

“There will be another system over the weekend but it will be a lot weaker,” Stockman said. “There’s a chance for showers Saturday but it’s not as big a system coming through.”

Tuesday’s storm had a wind advisory and gusting winds that reached 25 to 35 mph in western Nevada County. The winds blew a lot of leaves off of trees.

The storm dropped from one-quarter to one-half inch of rain over just one hour late Tuesday morning, Stockman said. Overall, residents got anywhere from a half inch to an inch of rain.

Blue Canyon reported heavy snow at 5,000 feet off Interstate 80 and the National Weather Service was expecting one to two feet of accumulation at the higher elevations.

Power went out about 9:30 a.m. for almost 200 customers north of Grass Valley and another 100 along Banner Ridge Lava Cap Road above Grass Valley. Cement Hill residents above Nevada City were also without electricity.

PG&E spokeswoman Lisa Randle also reported power outages for 1,300 customers in Penn Valley and Lake Wildwood. Another 300 were out on Cement Hill Road near Nevada City and Slate Creek Road outside of Grass Valley.

Randle said 9,000 customers lost power in Marysville and 310,000 were without electricity yesterday afternoon in PG&E’s service area from Redding to Bakersfield.

The National Weather Service said the storm was about two months ahead of schedule and not necessarily a sign of things to come. But this weekend’s calm front will be followed by another large storm which could bring more severe rains and snow to the Sierra early next week.

This week’s rains closed Highway 50 in the area of last week’s wildfire near Kyburz as officials feared landslides.

“There’s no vegetation holding anything up on the hill anymore because it all got burned out,” said Lt. Kevin House of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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