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February 14, 2016 at 1:20 AM CHP Grass Valley: SR-49 N/B lane north of Moonshine Road still closed while finishing the vehicle recovery from being approx. 300′ down embankment; one-way traffic control.
February 13, 2016 at 10:25 PM CHP Grass Valley: We are currently investigating a collision with a fatality on SR-49, north of Moonshine Road/Yuba County. Expect delays.
February 13, 2016 at 2:27 PM Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died.
February 13, 2016 at 12:17 PM Osborne IC is reporting a small spot, next to an outbuilding. Approximately 20 minutes of mop-up, IC is requesting a prevention officer.
February 13, 2016 at 12:15 PM Fire is reported out, units still en route are reducing to code 2 (no sirens.)
February 13, 2016 at 12:14 PM First units have arrived at Osborne Hill Road, report nothing showing. They are investigating.
February 13, 2016 at 12:02 PM A vegetation fire reported on Osborne Hill Road in the Ophir Hill Fire District in Grass Valley. Engines en route. Reported by the property owner, no size up.
February 12, 2016 at 8:19 PM Invasive Mudsnails Detected in Lower Feather River. CDFW biologists are in the process of conducting additional sampling in adjacent waterbodies around and connected to the Feather River including Lake Oroville, its Forebay and Afterbay, and the Yuba River in order to better define the geographic range of this new population. Target sampling areas will include high traffic areas, boat launches, access points and side channels.
February 12, 2016 at 3:15 PM Smoke alarm on Mohawk Drive in the Whispering Pines area of Grass Valley turned out to be a false alarm. All units are returning.
February 12, 2016 at 6:43 AM Dry and exceptionally warm weekend in store. Dry weather pattern expected to continue for interior northern California through early next week with well above normal temperatures. A wetter pattern returns for the middle and end of next week with daytime highs back down closer to normal.
February 11, 2016 at 6:40 AM Temperatures on the rise for the weekend. Dry and mild weather through early next week except for a slight chance of light showers across the northern mountains over the weekend. The next chance of precipitation across the whole north state expected around the middle of next week. Daytime highs above normal through early next week dropping to closer to normal by mid week.
February 10, 2016 at 3:33 PM Vehicle vs bicycle on Bitney Springs Road in front of Bitney Springs. Medics en route.
February 10, 2016 at 7:54 AM A little banged up, but back on the job. Nevada City Police Officer Scott Goin and his K9 partner Rüdiger are back on patrol, in a temporary K9 unit. Thanks to North State Welding in Nevada City and Placer County Sheriff's Department, an old patrol car was retrofitted in 48 hours,allowing Rue and Scott back out. Last night's fundraiser at Golden Era Cocktail Lounge was extremely well attended, the community turned out en masse to celebrate Rue's birthday and wish both NCPD officers well.
February 10, 2016 at 7:37 AM Heads up, a pedestrian with erratic behavior in the roadway on southbound Hwy 49 at Wolf Road.
February 10, 2016 at 7:11 AM Springtime high temperatures today. A few light showers possible over the northern mountains Friday through Sunday. Otherwise dry and mild through early next week. The next chance of rain for most of northern California comes the middle of next week.
February 9, 2016 at 1:24 PM The Nevada County BOS Chambers is filled to capacity again as the BOS gets ready to debate the language of a proposed ballot measure that, if approved, would not only ban outdoor growing of medical marijuana but also further restrict indoor growing. We'll be covering the meeting live, as it happens here.
February 9, 2016 at 7:32 AM No rain, just rays on the horizon. Strong high pressure will remain over the region this week and temperatures will remain well above normal for this time of year. The North Valley is not expected to be quite as warm today as northerly surface pressure gradients weaken, but the remainder of the Central Valley will see highs close to Monday's readings again today with offshore (easterly) pressure gradients remaining quite strong. A few records may fall again today.
February 8, 2016 at 4:07 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has updated the infamous bucket. This is where we are at precipitation-wise.
February 8, 2016 at 7:53 AM All eastbound lanes on Highway 20 at Gold Flat Rd in Nevada County are now open. The Sacramento Street off ramp remains closed, a light pole was damaged in the collision. What is confirmed as of now: Nevada City Police K9 unit was making a traffic stop on Sacramento Street in the vicinity of the Chevron station when a car struck the squad car from behind. According to reports from the scene, the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck the car containing Rudiger, the NCPD K9 officer. Several occupants were extricated and airlifted to area hospitals. Officer Goin is at the ER right now and veterinarian Dr. Susan Murphy is checking Rudiger.
February 8, 2016 at 7:25 AM Hard closure is being set up on Hwy 49/20 eastbound between Sacramento Street in Nevada City and Brunswick. There is no estimated time of reopening at this time.
February 8, 2016 at 7:09 AM EB Highway 20/49 at Gold Flat Rd in Nevada County closed due to crash. Detour available. No ETO.
February 8, 2016 at 7:03 AM Traffic on Hwy 49 is still being diverted off at Gold Flat, east bound lanes are closed after an accident. Numerous emergency services on scene. Calstar helicopter is en route with a patient to Sutter Roseville, ground ambulances have transported an unknown number of patients. CHP helicopter also in the area. Use an alternate route between Nevada City and Brunswick as traffic is extremely backed up.
February 7, 2016 at 9:15 AM Dry, sunny and above normal temperatures. Strong high pressure along with offshore flow will result in very mild temperatures across the region the next several days. Increasing north and east surface pressure gradients will result in some locally breezy northerly winds in the Sacramento Valley, and east winds in the northern Sierra, today and tonight.
February 6, 2016 at 8:58 PM Units on scene at Red Dog Road can handle, the remaining units still en route are being canceled.
February 6, 2016 at 8:51 PM First units have arrived at Red Dog Road, nothing showing from the outside. Firefighters will investigate.
February 6, 2016 at 8:42 PM Possible residential structure fire on Red Dog Road, reported as an appliance fire. Numerous engines en route.
February 6, 2016 at 10:15 AM The 7th Annual Jim Rogers Memorial Ride will be held on Saturday, February 6th, starting at 11:00 a.m. from Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop. The ride is held to promote distracted driving awareness in memory of Jim Rogers, a Nevada County Cycling Advocate who was killed in a crash with a distracted driver. The route includes Old Downieville Road, Newtown Road, Bitney Springs Road, Rough and Ready Highway and Ridge Road. Motorists using those roads on Saturday the 6th are encouraged to be aware of the presence of cyclist using the road.
February 6, 2016 at 10:11 AM Spring-like weather this weekend and next week. Warm and dry pattern for interior NorCal into next week as a strong ridge builds along the West Coast. Morning soundings indicate some warming across the region today, then warming increases Sunday and early next week with strong subsidence and strengthening offshore flow.
February 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM Lost dog: Zany is a very friendly Great Pyrenees about 130 pounds. His left eye has a brown stain. He has a collar and perhaps dragging his cable leash behind. He ran off after a fox ( or other critter) on Monday night ripping his leash off his dog house. We live near 49 and Ridge Rd in the North San Juan/Camptonville area. Please call Tony 805 886 9798 if you've seen Zany.
February 5, 2016 at 9:02 AM Daytime highs well above normal early next week. A little light rain across the northwest corner of the state this evening, otherwise dry and warm conditions expected through at least the middle of next week. Daytime highs well above normal early next week.
February 4, 2016 at 3:02 PM Non-injury accident in Grass Valley at Hwy 49 / Auburn Rd. A green Chevy Impala vs a light blue Honda Accord. Roadway is clear.
February 4, 2016 at 10:50 AM Ridge IC reports this as a false alarm. An oven door was opened and triggered the fire alarm. All units are canceled and return to their stations.
February 4, 2016 at 10:43 AM Fire alarm sounding at Nevada Union on Ridge Road. Units are on scene, reporting nothing showing. Minor evacuation underway, but firefighters will investigate the cause of the alarm. Still no confirmed fire.
February 4, 2016 at 7:52 AM El Nino takes a week off - dry and warm until next Friday. A weak weather system may brush far northern California with light showers Friday night. Otherwise dry weather expected through at least the middle of next week. Near normal daytime temperatures today with above to well above normal temperatures through next week.
February 3, 2016 at 9:31 PM Placer County Sheriff's Office: Citizens reporting sightings of one of the Hispanic males we're searching for near Foresthill Road and Todd Valley Road/Cold Springs Road. Search is now centered in that area with every available #PCSO deputy, detective and Special Enforcement Team on the hunt. Keep doors locked and stay inside your homes, call 911 if you see anyone suspicious.
February 3, 2016 at 8:32 PM Emergency personnel on scene at the Broad Street off-ramp report a single occupant in the vehicle, moderate injuries.
February 3, 2016 at 8:27 PM Report of an overturned vehicle on northbound Hwy 49 at the Broad Street off-ramp, fire personnel en route.
February 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM Placer County Sheriff's Office: The search is still underway in the Foresthill Road/Finning Mill Road area. The PCSO Special Enforcement Team is leading the search for the four men, one who had been handcuffed before he fled. Foresthill Road is closed about four miles east of Foresthill.
February 3, 2016 at 5:39 PM The Placer County Sheriff's Office is working an incident at Foresthill Road, near Finning Mill Road. Foresthill Road is closed in that area, four miles east of Foresthill. Four Hispanic men ran from a deputy around 2:40 p.m. and are still on the run. Empty gun cases and a stolen firearm were found in the car. It is a very sparsely populated area, but anyone who lives in the area should remain indoors and lock their doors. Please call 911 if you see these suspects.
February 3, 2016 at 7:14 AM Cloudy morning, wet afternoon/evening, then an extended warm and dry period. Upper ridge axis along the west coast this morning with some mid level cloudiness spilling over into the north zones. Clearer skies to the south has allowed for some light fog in the central valley. Frontal band now along 130 west will push into northern California this afternoon then on through the north state tonight. Blended TPW image shows moisture feed with this system at over an inch TPW but this system will weaken considerably as it rides over the west coast ridge. Therefore, not expecting a considerable amount of precipitation out of this system. Current snow levels based on surface observations about 2000 to 2500 feet over the Shasta County mountains but generally above 3000 feet elsewhere.
February 2, 2016 at 5:21 PM First unit at scene on Easy Street reports no fire, all incoming units are being canceled.
February 2, 2016 at 5:16 PM Possible residential structure fire, second-hand report, on the 18300 block of Easy Street in Penn Valley, across from Penn Valley Drive. Several engines are being dispatched.
February 2, 2016 at 3:31 PM A teal GMC vs a red Dodge Durango on Hwy 174 near Cedar Ridge Drive. Emergency services are on scene.
February 2, 2016 at 3:30 PM Non-injury accident on Hwy 49 and Combie Road, three vehicles involved.
February 2, 2016 at 10:31 AM Two vehicle crash on Hwy 49 near Alta Sierra Drive. Occupants are out of the vehicles and first engine has arrived on scene.
February 2, 2016 at 10:03 AM Brunswick Road is open again, PG&E has repaired the pole, CHP and emergency services are leaving the area.
February 2, 2016 at 9:16 AM Brunswick Road is closed due to multiple, non-injury accidents and a damaged power pole. Use an alternate route if possible.
February 2, 2016 at 9:08 AM Multiple accidents on Idaho-Maryland Road and the Brunswick Basin. Traffic is starting to back up.
February 2, 2016 at 8:38 AM Accident on Idaho-Maryland Road and Brunswick in Grass Valley. Vehicle off the side, emergency services on scene. Please, slow down and leave extra distance between cars, driving conditions are worsening.
February 2, 2016 at 7:57 AM Low elevation snow today, rain sprinkles tomorrow. Two weak weather systems will move through the region this week, the first today and the second on Wednesday. An extended period of dry weather will then commence continuing into next week.
Photo: Nevada County OES
Photo: Nevada County OES
February 1, 2016 at 11:19 AM Nevada County OES: Soda Springs Road open both directions! Great job by the County Roads department and AMX Excavation.
February 1, 2016 at 9:52 AM Soda Springs Road is open. Traffic is being escorted. County Roads department working on a permanent fix.
February 1, 2016 at 8:08 AM Vehicle vs a telephone pole on Rough And Ready Hwy / Stagecoach Way. Lines are ow hanging low, no injury to the driver reported.
February 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM Nevada County OES: Soda Springs road is closed due to flooding again. Heavy equipment will be working on it this morning.
February 1, 2016 at 6:58 AM Nevada County OES update: Vehicles were escorted on Soda Springs road through the night. Vehicles from Serene Lakes and Soda Springs are being escorted through high water. The road was closed most of Sunday.
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