Nevada County weather: Rain and snow on the way |

Nevada County weather: Rain and snow on the way

A Caltrans worker releases chain restrictions along Highway 20 during Tuesday afternoon’s light snowfall at the Omega overlook.
Elias Funez/

People in western Nevada County may be waking up to a dusting of low snow Wednesday morning.

A winter weather advisory for the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range is in place until 11 a.m. Wednesday.

While some light accumulations may occur in elevations down to 2,500 feet, 6 to 18 inches of snow are expected to accumulate at elevations above 4,000 feet.

“You might see a few flakes, but not much accumulation (in Grass Valley),” National Weather Service Forecaster Johnnie Powell said.

Between a half inch and an inch of precipitation is forecast for Grass Valley through Wednesday evening.

Activity will become more showery on Wednesday with a chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon and isolated heavier snow showers in the mountains.

Mountain travel delays and chain controls are likely throughout the day Wednesday.

By 4 p.m. Tuesday .13 inches of rain was recorded at the East Bennett and Brunswick roads rain gauge in Grass Valley, bringing the rain year to date total up to 16.11 inches.

A high of 46 degrees is forecast for today, with sunshine and highs in the low 60s expected for Thursday and Friday.

A slight chance of precipitation is forecast for the weekend.

“Something likely Saturday night,” Powell said. “A 70% chance of rain showers.”

To contact Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez, email, or call 530-477-4230.

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