Wet pattern to continue into next week | TheUnion.com

Wet pattern to continue into next week

Vehicles traverse the Golden Center Freeway at the Dorsey Drive overpass during Thursday’s rain showers, which melted away most of western Nevada County’s low snow from the days prior.
Elias Funez

The remnants of a high-impact winter storm will continue to pass through the region this morning, giving a brief reprieve in what meteorologists have been calling an atmospheric river of precipitation that brought much needed rain and snow to the Sierra Nevada.

“You’re still going to see some precipitation into Friday,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Eric Kurth said. “It should be pretty light, a few hundredths of an inch.”

As of Thursday, the storm had dropped 60 inches of snow at Donner Ski Ranch, 62 inches at Dodge Ridge, and 50 inches of snow at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Brief snowfall could be seen in low elevations in Nevada County Thursday, though most of the precipitation below 3,000 feet fell in the form of rain.
Elias Funez

In the lower elevations, rain levels measured between 2 and 5 inches.

Grass Valley saw 4.21 inches of rain off Freeman Lane, while Nevada City recorded 4 inches. Alta Sierra saw 3.61 inches and North Auburn recorded 3.45 inches within a 72-hour period.

“Certainly a pretty wet system, but we’re not done yet,” Kurth said. “Another system is going to be coming in Sunday, reaching Grass Valley Sunday afternoon. But the more significant precipitation with that will be Monday and into Tuesday.”

Grass Valley could see another 2 to 3 inches of rain after the storm blows through by Tuesday, while higher elevations could see an additional 1 to 2 feet of snow.

To contact Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez email, efunez@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

While most of the previous day’s low snow had melted with the following rain, some evidence of the low snow could still be visible Thursday in Grass Valley.
Elias Funez

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