A “significant” winter storm is expected to hit Nevada County today, prompting warnings from the National Weather Service and PG&E.
The dry weather locals enjoyed Sunday and Monday was a short-lived phenomenon, the weather service said in a Monday press release. Today will bring widespread rain and high elevation mountain snow to the region, with the bulk of the precipitation expected to fall through tonight, with showers then lingering through Thursday.
Drier weather is anticipated following the storm, the weather service said, with the next best chance for precipitation looking to be early next week.
In Grass Valley, showers are predicted after 10 a.m. and could be heavy at times, the weather service said. It could also be windy, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Heavy showers are expected through tonight, with a total precipitation amount of up to one and three-fourths inches.
Early morning showers are predicted for Wednesday with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. The storm looks to end Thursday with only a 20% chance of showers, the weather service stated.
With meteorologists forecasting stormy weather this week, PG&E reminded its customers to take the necessary steps to be prepared and stay safe in a Monday press release.
“This storm has the potential to cause power outages due to rain and gusty winds,” said PG&E principal meteorologist Scott Strenfel. “We’re urging our customers to have a plan to keep themselves and their families safe. Our meteorology team is closely tracking the weather and working with our operations teams in the field to ensure we’re ready to restore outages safely and as quickly as possible. PG&E’s meteorology team has developed a Storm Outage Prediction Model that incorporates real-time weather forecasts, historical data and system knowledge to accurately show where and when storm impacts will be most severe. This model enables the company to pre-stage crews and equipment as storms approach to enable rapid response to outages.”
A winter storm watch and high wind warning are in effect for the Truckee area from late this afternoon through Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Heavy, wet snow is possible above 6,500 feet, and the area could see total snow accumulations of up to 6 inches between 6,500 and 7,000 feet, with 12 to 18 inches above 7,000 feet, the weather service stated. The peak snowfall rates will likely be late today through Wednesday morning. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph today, with over 100 mph for exposed Sierra ridges, before decreasing by evening.
In Truckee, there is a 40% chance of rain after 10 a.m. today, the weather service said, with the snow level at 6,800 feet and wind at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. By tonight, there is a 100% chance of rain with the snow level at 7,000 feet.
More rain is predicted for Wednesday, with new precipitation amounts between a quarter- and half-inch possible. The snow level could lower to 6,100 feet after midnight.
Travel could be difficult for area roadways, especially over passes, the weather service warned. Strong winds could cause tree damage with blowing snow possibly reducing visibility this evening. If traveling, consider alternate plans, and remember to carry tire chains, extra food, water and clothing.
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