More snow coming tonight down to 1,500 feet |

More snow coming tonight down to 1,500 feet

Dave Moller and Trina Kleist
Staff writers

More cold weather is expected to hit western Nevada County early Friday morning, causing the National Weather Service to issue a heavy snow warning for the Sierra.

The warning in effect from 2 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday is expected to add 1 to 4 more inches as low as 1,500 feet. Another 5 to 10 inches is expected above 2,000 feet.

Traveling is already treacherous in the Sierra and motorists are advised to have chains. The Caltrans highway information line reported at 3 p.m. that chains are required on Highway 20 six miles east of Nevada City. Chains are also required on Highway 49 in Sierra County from Bassetts to Sattley.

On Interstate 80, chains are required from Kingvale to Donner Lake in the eastbound lanes. In the westbound lanes, chains are required from Donner Lake to Cisco Grove.

Trucks are being stopped in the eastbound lanes at Applegate to prove they have chains. Westbound trucks are being screened five miles west of Reno for chains.

The National Weather Service is predicting a break in the storm pattern for Saturday and Sunday, with another system moving in Sunday night. That front could produce showers and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

Heavy, wet snow closed western Nevada County schools Thursday, and a power outage shut down the county government’s Rood Center in Nevada City.

No major accidents were reported in the area, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Lawrence said. He advised motorists to drive slowly and with caution, and to carry chains.

Just after the local office was called, the CHP’s statewide Web site reported a collision at Poorman Creek Road and You Bet Road near Rollins Reservoir. There were no details reported.

About 10 a.m. on Banner Mountain, a snowplow hit a fire hydrant at the corner of Mayflower and Butterfly drives.

“It’s like a river coming down our road,” said Kim West who lives on Butterfly Drive. The water was starting to flow into her driveway until her son-in-law, Mike Jaime, diverted it with a shovel and snow. Nevada Irrigation District crews showed up shortly thereafter and turned the hydrant off, West said.

The snow that fell overnight left 16 inches at Cascade Shores above Nevada City and a trace in Penn Valley. About 3 inches of snow fell on the San Juan Ridge and the Grass Valley-Nevada City area got 4.

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