Sunny, warm weather on horizon for Nevada County |

Sunny, warm weather on horizon for Nevada County

Locals brave the rain to take in the raging South Yuba River at the old Highway 49 bridge Sunday afternoon.
Liz Kellar/ |

The prolonged drenching that Nevada County residents enjoyed through the weekend is set to end today, with a spell of warm, sunny days on the horizon.

Despite the deluge, few problems were reported, with just a few trees falling and blocking roadways Friday and Saturday. A mud slide temporarily blocked Highway 49 just past the South Yuba River bridge Sunday afternoon, but was quickly cleared.

The high levels at Greenhorn Creek caught several drivers by surprise over the weekend.

Early Sunday morning, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team was called out to respond to the creek — which more closely resembled a river — to rescue four people who reportedly had been swept away in their vehicles. Two teams were dispatched; after a long hike in, all four victims were located alive and well, awaiting rescue.

According to the Sacramento bureau of the National Weather Service, periods of moderate to locally heavy rain and snow will continue into this morning before tapering off.

It is expected to be breezy today into the early evening hours before decreasing; lingering showers will end Monday night and the region will enter into an extended period of dry warm weather, the weather service said.

Local weather watchers say Nevada County has received more than 4.5 inches of rain since Friday, with 2.25 inches Saturday night and possibly another 2 inches Sunday night before the storm pattern shifts east on Monday.

The area remains under flood watch through this morning, according to the weather service. Saturated slopes have increased the risk of mud and debris flows into the morning below the snow level, along with rock slides. Most stream and river rises will peak Monday morning.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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