Wild, wet weather wreaks little havoc across county | TheUnion.com

Wild, wet weather wreaks little havoc across county

Wind and rain made driving hazardous throughout the county over the weekend, but no serious accidents were reported and the wet weather was expected to clear by this afternoon.

Just before 1 p.m. Sunday, a spinout was reported at Bonnie View Way off McCourtney Road, and a vehicle hit the guardrail on Highway 49 at the South Yuba River. No injuries reported in either accident. A non-injury accident was reported just after 2 p.m. when a vehicle went off the road at Rincon Way.

A series of spinouts clogged Interstate 80 throughout the day Sunday. Between 11 and 11:45 a.m., three separate incidents occurred near Gold Run, with no injuries reported. At 1:20 p.m., three trees were reported down at Gold Run School.

Roadway flooding was being reported by 3:30 p.m. on Highway 174, with the northbound lane flooded at Laws Ranch Crossing Road.

The saturated ground caused several slides Sunday afternoon, with a large boulder in the road reported on Highway 49 at Shoshoni Trail Court. A tree was blocking the road at Rough and Ready Highway and Pioneer Way.

The weekend storm was predicted to bring 4 to 6 inches of rain to the mountains, with gusty winds ranging from 45 mph to 70 mph in the higher elevations. The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a small stream flood advisory for minor flooding of poor drainage areas in northeastern Nevada County until 9:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service was showing a half-inch of rain falling per hour Sunday, with up to 4 inches total expected.

Giovanni Paredes at NevadaCountyWeather.com had recorded 2.6 inches of rain by noon and 4.16 inches by 4 p.m. at Via Vista and Ridge Road, what he called “one of the wettest storms we have had in a couple of years.”

A gauge measured 5.4 inches of rain by 4 p.m. at Cascade Shores, according to NevadaCityWeather.com.

Small creeks and streams in the Northern Sierra were showing rapid rises and the weather service cautioned motorists to be wary of rock slides on roads near steep terrain, ponding of water on roads and minor flooding.

Motorists were urged to use caution to prevent hydroplaning, and to not drive into areas where water covers the road.

Relief was in sight, however, with only possible showers before 11 a.m. today, clearing to mostly sunny Tuesday with a high of just 57 degrees.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.

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