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Happening Now - November 2015


By: YubaNet

Happening Now is a feature designed to bring updates, announcements and info on news items throughout the day.

You are invited to participate. See a road closure? A business opening? A smoke plume? Storm-related mishaps like downed trees, power lines, road or other flooding? Email us at news@yubanet.com or call 530-478-9600. You can also text us at 530-409-9888, but please don't text or call while driving. Thanks!

November 28, 2015 at 10:46 AM But it's a dry cold, they say - freeze warnings in effect. Mainly dry conditions this weekend with cold morning temperatures. The next chance for precipitation will arrive late Wednesday or Thursday. Freeze Warning from 1 AM to 9 AM PST Sunday for Carquinez Strait and Delta-Central Sacramento Valley-Northern Sacramento Valley- Northern San Joaquin Valley-Southern Sacramento Valley.

November 27, 2015 at 9:36 AM Freeze watch issued for Saturday and Sunday morning. Mainly dry conditions into this weekend with cold morning lows. Uncertainty in the forecast next week. The next significant system comes ashore next Wednesday/Thursday, but the timing has been changing.

November 26, 2015 at 10:46 AM Cool and dry for Thanksgiving, freezing temps for the rest of the week. Cool but mainly dry conditions setting up for the remainder of the week. Uncertainty in the forecast next week with some models showing unsettled weather and others not. Check back in for details.

November 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM Happy Thanksgiving! We're grateful for you - readers and subscribers. Gratitude goes out to anyone working today - dispatchers, EMTs, firefighters, law enforcement, medical personnel and everyone else. Last but not least, our amazing community. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

November 25, 2015 at 1:35 PM WB I-80 chain control has just been dropped. Still drive carefully on wet, icy roads.

November 25, 2015 at 11:57 AM Accidents on Wolf Mountain Rd / McCourtney Rd, Newtown Rd / Bitney Springs Rd, on McCourtney Rd, Rough And Ready Hwy / Skyline Dr, Auburn Rd / Bixler Pl, Hwy 9 / Lime Kiln Rd. Nevada County Fire JOA has a message for you: Snow in south county, drive appropriately for the conditions out!

November 25, 2015 at 11:06 AM Solo vehicle into a tree, Red Dog Road and Pasquale Road in Cascade Shores. Also, another solo vehicle accident on Old Tunnel Rd / Banner Lava Cap Rd in the Brunswick Basin.

November 25, 2015 at 11:03 AM Caltrans: If you're heading to the Sierra on EB I-80, please be aware chain controls have now dropped to a lower elevation - 3,600 feet in Alta.

November 25, 2015 at 10:15 AM Snow and hail/graupel in the Yuba canyon. Multiple reports of spin-outs on Hwy 20. Please slow down and be careful out there.

Photo: CHP Truckee
November 25, 2015 at 9:16 AM From CHP Truckee: Some of the guys have been out in the snow a little too long! It continues to snow hard atop Donner Summit and in the Town of Truckee the morning. Make sure you slow down, increase your following distance and most importantly get where you are going safely.

November 25, 2015 at 9:11 AM Jeep in the roadway on Allison Ranch Road. Use caution in the area.

November 25, 2015 at 7:56 AM Mainly dry and cold weather expected Thanksgiving through the rest of the week. A cold Pacific storm will continue to bring additional snow in the mountains extending down into the upper Foothills today. Mainly dry and cold weather expected Thanksgiving through the rest of the week with lingering flurries over the Sierra crest. Freeze Watch from late tonight through Thursday morning for Central Sacramento Valley and Northern Sacramento Valley.

November 25, 2015 at 7:45 AM Chain controls are still in effect. Expect delays when traveling over the Sierra Passes.

November 24, 2015 at 9:24 PM Latest update from the National Weather Service is Sacramento: A shortwave is along the coast north of the Bay Area this evening. The models in general are indicating that it most likely will continue to move south along the coast. Scattered snow showers are expected to continue overnight in the Sierra Nevada. The wave moves down along the coastal range and doesn't really penetrate inland to impact the northern areas or have a big impact on the southern areas as well. It may bring a couple of inches of snow down to around 3000 feet in Lake County late at night and early morning hours. As it pushes inland it may bring an inch or two of snow to areas south of highway 88 late tonight and early Wednesday morning and some rainfall into the San Joaquin Valley and Delta. Another wave in Oregon will rotate southward tonight and may bring some light snowfall over the northern mountains. As it continues to rotate southward east of the crest it will likely bring snow showers along the crest throughout the day. The remainder of the interior should dry out with some morning chances over the San Joaquin Valley. The low should move just enough east to dry most areas out for Thanksgiving...other than some light showers or flurries over the higher elevations. Thursday morning will start out cold. Sky should be mostly clear but there looks like there could be some northerly winds staying up all night. Surface pressure gradient increases over Oregon and the Great Basin Wednesday night into Thursday. Freezing conditions may occur in some places with the best chances over the eastern side of the valley where winds will likely be lighter. Ski resort areas look to start off in the teens and only warm up into the 20s the next several days.

November 24, 2015 at 5:25 PM Calaveras County Sheriff: The Red Cross is opening a shelter at the mountain ranch community center starting at 6:00 pm tonight.

November 24, 2015 at 2:17 PM Snow on Donner Summit, hail in the Town of Washington, sunny in Grass Valley - at this time. A lot of weather, wrapped in a few square miles.

November 24, 2015 at 12:31 PM A tree in the roadway on Hwy49 just north of Oak Valley Rd near Grass Valley, blocking half the road.

November 24, 2015 at 12:16 PM At 12:11 pm, Doppler Radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over Chico, moving southeast at 15 mph. Hail up to one-half inch hail, lightning and winds in excess of 30 mph will be possible with this storm. Locations impacted include: Chico, Paradise, De Sabla Powerhouse, Forest Ranch, Richardson Springs, Durham, Nord, Magalia, Dayton and Concow.

Photo: Mike Feil
November 24, 2015 at 11:57 AM The scaffolding on the Alpha Building on Broad Street in Nevada City has collapsed onto the sidewalk and the roadway. Thanks to reader Mike Feil for the photo. Avoid Broad Street for now.

November 24, 2015 at 11:03 AM Power outage affecting 7 customers in Nevada City on the corner of Zion Street and Argall Way. Estimated time of restoration is 1:30 pm.

November 24, 2015 at 10:50 AM Reader Tony just came back from China Wall in the Auburn/Foresthill area. Snow just starting to stick, he reports.

November 24, 2015 at 10:28 AM Chain control now in effect for all vehicles without 4wd drive from Applegate to the Donner Lake Interchange on I80. Chains or 4WD required on 80 between Cisco Grove and Donner Lake Interchange.

November 24, 2015 at 10:27 AM Overturned black SUV at the I80 E Yuba Gap Off ramp. Emergency services on scene.

November 24, 2015 at 10:25 AM Overturned SUV down in a culvert ditch on the right-hand side on I80 E near the Eagle Lakes Rd Off ramp. CHP on scene, emergency services dispatched.

November 24, 2015 at 10:05 AM Non-injury accident on McCourtney Rd / Brighton Street in Grass Valley. Please, slow down!

November 24, 2015 at 9:59 AM Rain in Foresthill now. And wind, according to reader Diane.

November 24, 2015 at 9:58 AM Injured deer in the northbound lane of Hwy 49 / Alta Sierra Dr. Use caution in the area.

November 24, 2015 at 9:55 AM NWS update: Observations at Blue Canyon (5300 ft) currently has wet snow at 34 degrees, while the webcam at Kingvale (6100 ft) has wet snow along the road. Donner Summit (7200 ft)shows snow starting to accumulate on the road. Trucks are being screened for chains at Applegate. Further north in Tehama and Plumas counties, Chain controls are in effect on Highways 36 and 44. Snow/graupel has been reported sticking on the ground in Chester and is visible on a webcam along the sides of the road.

November 24, 2015 at 9:16 AM Snow at Soda Springs, no restrictions on I80 yet. Check the road conditions before traveling to the Sierra.

November 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM Checking the real-time weather maps, the #RevengeOfTheTurkeys storm has reached the Marysville area, rain ahead of the snow now. Wind gusts are picking up. Be ready for power outages and use extreme caution on the roads.

November 24, 2015 at 8:53 AM Reports of rain in Penn Valley, Auburn, Nevada City, Grass Valley. Windy and temperatures are falling.

November 24, 2015 at 8:16 AM Today the avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE, according to the Central Sierra Avalanche Center: The avalanche danger will increase to CONSIDERABLE on near and above treeline NW-N-NE-E-SE aspects 35 degrees and steeper by this afternoon and evening. Human triggered avalanches will become likely as new wind slabs will form on these slopes. MODERATE avalanche danger will form on the remaining aspects and elevations where avalanches could take the form of loose dry instabilities or isolated storm slabs by later this afternoon.

November 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM Winter storm moves in, followed by freezing temperatures. A cold Pacific storm will bring heavy snow in the mountains with snow extending down into the upper Foothills into Wednesday. Dry and cold weather expected Thanksgiving except for flurries along the Sierra crest.

November 23, 2015 at 6:14 PM Firefighters have located the source of the haze, a faulty heating system. They will ventilate the home. Two engines are remaining on scene, all others are being released back to their stations.

November 23, 2015 at 6:03 PM Firefighters are on scene of a residential structure fire on Charles Way in Alta Sierra. The home is not on fire or filled with smoke, only a slight haze throughout the residence. Additional resources that were on their way are being canceled. The units on scene are confident they can handle the incident.

November 23, 2015 at 9:28 AM Power lines are down on North Bloomfield Road near Lake Vera Road in Nevada City. Emergency services are en route.

November 23, 2015 at 8:10 AM Construction work continues on Hwy 49 / Shoshoni Trail Ct. Northbound lanes are closed, one lane traffic control until 4:00 pm today. Plan for delays up to 20 minutes.

November 23, 2015 at 6:58 AM Winter storm moving in tonight, heaviest precip on Tuesday making travel hazardous. Dry and mild weather will continue this afternoon. Pattern changes tonight as a colder Pacific storm brings precipitation late tonight through Wednesday. Drier weather expected Thanksgiving. Winter Storm Watch from Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning for Motherlode-West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada-Western Plumas County/Lassen Park.

November 22, 2015 at 9:38 AM Low snow levels on Tuesday as cold system arrives - Thanksgiving will be cold but dry! A stronger and much colder system will start to arrive late Monday night over the northern Sacramento valley and surrounding areas then move south and over the remainder of the area on Tuesday. Snow levels will start out below pass level and rapidly lower Monday night and continue to lower for the Sierra Nevada on Tuesday. Snow levels could lower to between 1000 to 2000 feet but the more significant snowfall should occur above 3000 feet.

November 21, 2015 at 3:25 PM Multi-vehicle accident on Hwy49 near Alta Sierra Drive. Fire engines, CHP on scene. Air ambulance on order as a precautionary measure. Southbound traffic is slow, northbound traffic is stalled. Use caution in the area and reduce your speed.

November 21, 2015 at 2:12 PM Helicopter in the South Yuba canyon near the South Yuba campground and engines on the ground are looking for a person with possibly a broken leg. 911 report from bystanders was not clear on the location.

November 21, 2015 at 8:49 AM #Revengeoftheturkeys leaves Thanksgiving dry, very cold weather for the rest of the week. Mild temperatures this weekend, storm to impact travel on Tuesday and Wednesday. Dry and mild weather will continue through the weekend with above normal temperatures. Colder Pacific storm will bring some precipitation late Monday into Wednesday, mainly over the mountains. Dry weather expected Thanksgiving.

November 20, 2015 at 11:31 AM Wondering about the helicopter activity in the South Yuba canyon? Fear not, no fire or emergency. California Highway Patrol (CHP) helicopters will airlift nearly one ton of garbage from an isolated section of the Yuba River known as Jones Bar. This garbage, collected from an illegal mining camp by volunteers during last September’s Yuba River Cleanup, will be removed just ahead of a massive rainstorm coming next week. This final cleanup effort has been coordinated by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and California State Parks staff who recruited the CHP for this daring effort to protect the health of the Yuba River.

November 20, 2015 at 8:15 AM New accident, possible head-on collision on Hwy 174 and You Bet Road. One lane is blocked. First unit at scene reports two, maybe three vehicles involved.

November 20, 2015 at 8:14 AM No injuries at the solo vehicle accident on Hwy 174 and Hansen Way.

November 20, 2015 at 8:09 AM Vehicle accident on Hwy 174 in the Chicago Park/Peardale area. Units en route, watch for emergency vehicles.

November 20, 2015 at 7:29 AM Dry weekend, brunt of the storm to hit on Tuesday and Wednesday. Dry and mild weather expected to continue through the weekend with a little above normal temperatures. A change in the weather pattern begins Monday night with mountain travel impacts starting Tuesday as a cold Pacific frontal system moves through. Rain and snow continue Wednesday with showers ending in all areas but the Sierra crest by Thanksgiving night.

November 20, 2015 at 7:19 AM Report of a possible escaped control burn, 1 mile west of Hwy 20 across of Melody Road. Units en route after a report of a burn the size of two houses.

November 19, 2015 at 1:37 PM Vehicle into a building on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. Firefighters, GVPd and CHP on scene. The car has been removed from the building, the driver is being treated by medics on scene. Damage to the building is being assessed.

November 19, 2015 at 7:56 AM Mild weather through the weekend - significant storm arrives Monday Then, everything changes: The cold nature of the storm may drop snow levels below 1500-2000 feet Wednesday/Thursday with potential significantly impactful snow amount. Thursday/Friday morning low temperatures could approach some records in northern Sac Valley and mountains.

November 18, 2015 at 3:22 PM Heads up from the National Weather Service in Sacramento: A much more significant system is still on track to drop cold air into the region and impact interior NorCal beginning Monday night up north, and then disperse widespread rain/snow across the area Tuesday and Wednesday. Snow levels may drop below 3000 ft by Wednesday, and even lower if the main low dips into NorCal.

Map courtesy of Down Detector.
November 18, 2015 at 1:59 PM Comcast reports a cut backbone cable, leaving much of the Sacramento and Bay area without service. Estimated restoration time is 5:00 today.

November 18, 2015 at 1:46 PM Still no estimated time of restoration for phone and internet services in Nevada City for all Comcast and some AT&T customers.

November 18, 2015 at 9:08 AM The Yuba River Ranger District will be burning piles near Sierra City (Wild Plum Guard Station), along Pliocene Ridge (between Pike and Alleghany), and along Highway 20 (near the Five Mile House). Smoke will be visible in those areas. If there are any questions or concerns, please call the district office at (530)288-3231.

November 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM Vehicle rollover on Hwy 49, between Newtown Road and Shoshoni Trail in Nevada City. Emergency services en route, roadway will be partially blocked.

November 18, 2015 at 7:43 AM Mild and dry weather for the rest of the week. Dry weather expected for the area for the remainder of the week except for some light precipitation possible at times over the far northern portion of the state. Daytime temperatures a little above normal.

November 17, 2015 at 8:52 PM Report of a residential structure fire, smoke only smelt, on Zion Street in Nevada City. Units are being dispatched.

November 17, 2015 at 8:16 AM Heads up: Roadway partially blocked on Hwy 174 in front of the Apple Alley Cafe after a minor traffic collision.

November 17, 2015 at 7:12 AM Dry weather for the rest of the week, warming up a little more today. Cloud cover and a modifying air mass should result in milder overnight temps the next several days. Milder daytime temps are expected due to strengthening high pressure. Gradual warming this week will result in max temps around 5-15 degrees above normal by the end of the week.

November 16, 2015 at 10:06 AM The Yuba River Ranger District will be burning piles at the intersection of Marysville Rd and Kelly Rd near Camptonville and along Pliocene Ridge between Pike and Alleghany. Smoke will be visible in those areas. If there are any questions or concerns, please call the district office at (530)288-3231.

November 16, 2015 at 8:09 AM A vehicle went off the road and into a tree on Oak Tree Road, across from Tyler Foote Crossing in North San Juan. NSJ is being dispatched.

November 16, 2015 at 7:36 AM Burn Day status:

Western Nevada County: Yes - Burn permit issued by a fire agency is required.
Truckee Area: (Daylight hours only & Fire Dept. permit required in Truckee) Yes - Burn permit issued by a fire agency is required.
Sierra County: Yes - Burn permit issued by a fire agency is required.
Plumas County (except Quincy Area): Yes - Burn permits are required, availabe at US Forest Service offices and also at some fire stations near Lake Almanor.
Quincy Area (No burning in downtown Quincy and East Quincy): Yes - Burn permits are required, available at US Forest Service offices.

November 16, 2015 at 7:05 AM Cool and breezy today, frost and fog likely in the morning. Sunday's weather system has moved to the east. Dry weather expected for most of the area for the remainder of the week, though some light precipitation may occur at times over the far northern portion of the state.

November 15, 2015 at 3:25 PM Roadway at Mount Olive/Dog Bar Road is open again.

November 15, 2015 at 2:33 PM Severe Thunderstorm Warning from 11/15/2015 2:32 PM to 3:15 PM PST for Sierra, El Dorado County.

November 15, 2015 at 2:25 PM Power outages: 1,462 homes without power from West Main to Alta to Idaho-Maryland in Grass Valley. 433 customers in the area of McCourtney Road, Polaris Drive, Squirrel Creek. Estimated restoration time is 4:45 pm for both outages.

November 15, 2015 at 2:09 PM Oak tree completely blocking the road at Mount Olive Rd / Dog Bar Rd.

November 15, 2015 at 1:48 PM Tree into power lines near Fruitland Road in Yuba County, units being dispatched.

November 15, 2015 at 1:46 PM Power outage on Richardson Street and Alta Street in Grass Valley, blown transformer.

November 15, 2015 at 1:41 PM Power lines down on Polaris Drive near McCourtney in Grass Valley. Units en route.

November 15, 2015 At 1:28 Pm Significant Weather Advisory For Southwestern Placer, Yuba, Southwestern Nevada, Northwestern El Dorado, Northeastern Sutter And Southeastern Butte Counties Until 2:15 Pm. At 120 Pm Pst, Doppler Radar Was Tracking A Line Of Showers And Thunderstorms From Yuba City To Near Browns Valley, Moving Southeast At 40 Mph. Wind Gusts Up To 50 Mph Will Be Possible With These Showers And Thunderstorms. Small Hail Will Also Be Possible. Locations Impacted Include: Roseville, Rocklin, Auburn, Grass Valley, Marysville, Yuba City, Lincoln, Lake Of The Pines, Lake Wildwood, Loomis, Colfax, Dobbins, Hammonton, Oregon House, Newcastle, Rough And Ready, Beale Afb, Smartville, Linda And Frenchtown. Move Indoors If Threatening Weather Approaches.

November 15, 2015 at 10:26 AM Chain controls in effect on I80. Multiple accidents reported.

November 15, 2015 at 9:41 AM Snow in the higher elevations and significant rain in the Foothills now, snow levels lowering as the day progresses. A storm system will move across the area today bringing rain and mountain snow. Light showers may continue across the northern portions of the state into midweek with dry conditions elsewhere. Winter Storm Warning until 10 PM PST this evening for West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada-Western Plumas County/Lassen Park.

November 15, 2015 at 8:37 AM The California Care Force clinic is underway at the Grass Valley Vets building. Free dental - cleaning, extractions, restorations. Free vision - glasses made after your exam. And, or course, free medical. Easy intake process - no one turned away. Several readers are telling us there is no line and few patients. Take advantage of the opportunity today.

November 14, 2015 at 10:22 AM Units from the JOA and Cal Fire are responding to the area of Bennett St. In Grass Valley for a reported Vegetation fire.

November 14, 2015 at 9:23 AM Tis the season of giving! Nevada County Consolidated FD, Grass Valley FD, Nevada City FD, Penn Valley FPD and Higgins FPD are proud to announce our partnership with the United States Marine Corps "TOYS FOR TOTS". This is our second year providing a location for donations to be dropped off at our fire stations! The members from all agencies challenge you and your loved ones to share and donate to this great program! Drop of a new, unwrapped toy to any one of our fire station locations, and help make the seasons memorable!

November 14, 2015 at 9:02 AM Sunday storm on track - thunderstorms possible. Dry weather today. A storm system will move across the area tonight through Sunday bringing rain and mid-elevation snow. Light showers may continue across the northern portions of the state into midweek with dry conditions elsewhere. Winter Weather Advisory from 4 AM to 10 PM Sunday for West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada-Western Plumas County/Lassen Park.

November 13, 2015 at 5:48 PM Vehicle accident, HWY 49 South of McKnight. Heavy traffic, avoid the area and use caution.

November 13, 2015 at 4:31 PM Updates, live tweets on the attacks in Paris: #ParisAttacks

November 13, 2015 at 3:42 PM French police have begun an assault on Le Batclan theater where up to 100 hostages are currently being held, according to France 24.

November 13, 2015 at 3:22 PM For friends and families of tourists in Paris, here are phone numbers for various embassies:

British: +33144513100
Irish: +33144176700
US: +33143122222
Australia: +33140593300
Canada: +33144432900

November 13, 2015 at 2:56 PM French president Francois Hollande orders military to be deployed across Paris. State of emergency has been declared.

The Stade de France, a soccer match between France and Germany took place as three explosions went off. People gathering in the center of the stadium. Photo: Vincent Menichini
November 13, 2015 at 2:25 PM Reports of multi-pronged attacks in Paris. Explosions heard at the Stade de France during a France-Germany soccer match, a hostage situation at the Bataclan, a popular concert hall, shooting at Les Halles right next to the Centre Pompidou and the Louvre.

November 13, 2015 at 12:17 PM Traffic collision on the 12500 block of La Barr Meadows Rd. in Grass Valley. Two cars involved, roadway is blocked. Emergency services on scene.

November 13, 2015 at 12:06 PM CDPH Updates Warning about Certain Seafood Caught along the Northern and Central California Coastline. Dungeness and rock crab are still out, but mussels and clams or for small finfish like anchovies and sardines caught in the Santa Cruz, Monterey, or Santa Barbara County areas are now safe to eat.

November 13, 2015 at 10:10 AM The Yuba River Ranger District is planning on burning approximately 25 acres of piles near Table Mountain and the Henness Pass Rd. Smoke will be visible in the area. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the district office @ (530)288-3231.

November 13, 2015 at 7:29 AM Split weather weekend ahead again. Moderate precipitation is expected with this system with snow levels a little lower than previous storms. Light precipitation will be possible across the northern portions of the state Monday through Friday. Otherwise dry conditions expected with daytime temperatures warming to near normal.

November 12, 2015 at 5:44 PM North San Juan Fire being dispatched for a possible passenger vehicle fire at Snow Tent Rd / Relief Hill Rd.

November 12, 2015 at 9:57 AM The roadway is blocked after the accident on Grass Valley Ave. First responders are treating two patients.

November 12, 2015 at 9:55 AM Vehicle into mailboxes at Loma Rica Dr / Grass Valley Ave in Grass Valley. Emergency services on scene.

November 12, 2015 at 9:18 AM Yuba River Ranger District will be burning 2 acres of handpiles at Vista Point (off of Marysville Road), Bullards Bar Reservoir vicinity. Smoke will be visible & fire resources will be on scene. Be extra cautious when driving in this area.

November 12, 2015 at 8:44 AM Heads up: Defective traffic signals at Brunswick Rd / Loma Rica Dr in Grass Valley. Slow down and watch for traffic.

November 12, 2015 at 7:30 AM Dry until Saturday night, snow levels at 3,500 ft by early Monday morning. Dry weather expected for the remainder of the week. Another storm will arrive Saturday night through Monday of next week bringing another round of precipitation across NorCal.

November 11, 2015 at 7:46 AM Chilly start to Veterans Day - another storm arrives Sunday. Patchy frost and fog possible early this morning. Otherwise, dry weather expected for the remainder of the week. Another storm should arrive Sunday through Monday of next week bringing another round of precipitation across NorCal. Light precipitation possible across the northern forecast area continuing through the middle of next week.

November 11, 2015 at 7:08 AM From reader Patricia: At 5:45am a mamma bear with 2 cubs were strolling down Nimrod Street in Nevada City - a day too late for garbage. Too dark to catch a picture, but pretty cool.

November 10, 2015 at 6:04 PM Tsunami Info Statement: Magnitude 6.6 earthquake off the coast of central Chile at 5:55 pm PST Nov 10: Tsunami NOT expected; CA,OR,WA,BC,and AK.

November 10, 2015 at 10:35 AM Nevada County BOS supports the Children's Bill of Rights crafted by the Community Support Network of Nevada County. The Nevada County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a resolution supporting for the Children's Bill of Rights.

November 10, 2015 at 9:29 AM Little incident at the Nevada County BOS: Rough&Ready resident Weldon Travis, State of Jefferson supporter and frequent commenter at the BOS, came close to being expelled from the Board Chambers. He addressed the BOS and stated: "Two weeks ago, when you, this august body of law makers, was last convened, you drank the grape favored punch, as did the 900 plus folks did at the behest of Jim Jones down in Guyana in 1956. YOU endorsed, and passed, unanimously, the un-Constitutionally mandated High Density Housing Ordinance..." At that point, Chairman Ed Scofield interrupted Travis, informing him the public comment period is only for items not on the agenda and the Housing Element is again on the agenda this afternoon. Undeterred, Travis continued with his prepared statement, at which point Scofield asked him to stop repeatedly. Scofield told Travis he would be removed if he didn't abide by the rules. The BOS briefly adjourned while Travis continued reading the last paragraph of his statement. He handed copies of his prepared speech to the media, you can see a picture of it here.

November 10, 2015 at 9:21 AM The Winter Weather Advisory has been canceled.

November 10, 2015 at 7:39 AM Dry weather returns, temperatures remain in the chilly range. Precipitation will taper off across the region today as the winter storm shifts to the east. Dry weather is expected for the remainder of the week.

November 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM National Weather Service Sacramento: Snow is accumulating at Alta on I80 at around 3600 ft. Chain controls have been expanded from Alta east. Use caution mountain driving!

November 9, 2015 at 6:38 PM Fire alarm sounding at the Union Hill school on Hwy 174, firefighters on scene report it as a false alarm.

November 9, 2015 at 5:48 PM National Weather Service in Sacramento issues Tornado Warning for Sacramento [CA] till 6:30 PM PST.






November 9, 2015 at 2:13 PM Collision at Hwy 174 / Greenhorn Access Rd, emergency personnel on scene reporting 2 patients with minor to moderate injuries. Use caution in the area.

November 9, 2015 at 11:32 AM Yuba Ranger District will be burning 2 units that are located at the junction of Kelly Road & Marysville Road. Smoke will be visible, be cautious when driving, and look out for firefighters/equipment within this area.

November 9, 2015 at 10:36 AM First unit at scene reports the north lane of Hwy 49 will be blocked by emergency vehicles approximately 1 mile south of the 49er bridge. Watch for the engines, the accident happened in a bad turn.

November 9, 2015 at 10:26 AM Vehicle accident, motorcycle down, on Hwy 49 near the Independence Trail. Units en route.

Photo Brooke Lynn
Photo Brooke Lynn
November 9, 2015 at 10:21 AM Snow has arrived on Cruzon Grade outside North San Juan. Please, turn your car's headlights on, leave more distance between cars and drive safe. Thanks to reader Brooke Lynn for the photos.

November 9, 2015 at 7:56 AM The Yuba River Ranger District is planning on burning piles today along Highway 49 near the Kentucky Mine, just East of Sierra City. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the district office at (530)288-3231.

November 9, 2015 at 7:17 AM More rain and snow today, possible frost tomorrow night. A weather system will move across NorCal bringing rain, mountain snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Dry weather returns by mid-week.

November 8, 2015 at 3:59 PM Firefighters being dispatched for a debris burn on North Bloomfield/Graniteville Road and Grizzly Hill Road.

November 8, 2015 at 3:39 PM CHP Truckee: Chain control is in effect on I-80 from Donner Lake Road to Kingvale in both directions.

November 8, 2015 at 1:37 PM Flash flood watch in effect from Monday morning through Monday evening for the Valley, Rocky, Jerusalem, Wragg and Butte burn areas.

November 8, 2015 at 10:38 AM Car fire on Neal Street is contained.

November 8, 2015 at 10:11 AM November 8, 2015 at 10:22 AM Passenger vehicle fire in front of Safeway in Grass Valley, South Auburn and Neal Street. Firefighters arriving on scene now, reporting the vehicle's engine compartment is involved.

November 8, 2015 at 9:11 AM Winter storm moving in, low snow levels to impact Sierra Nevada travel. The heaviest precipitation is expected over the interior Sunday afternoon through Sunday night. Mountain travel will likely be impacted. Lowering snow levels Sunday night into Monday morning with light accumulations of snow as low as 3000 feet Northern Mountains to 3500 feet Sierra Nevada. There is the potential for thunderstorms with locally heavy rain and hail Late Sunday night through Monday. Heavy rain could impact burn scars and cause ash movement, especially over this years burn scars.

November 8, 2015 at 12:17 AM The scene has been cleared by law enforcement in North San Juan, medics are at scene, no report of injury.

November 7, 2015 at 11:44 PM Possible shooting in North San Juan, units are staging at Tyler Foote and Jackass Flats. NCSO is on scene, firefighters just got dispatched.

Photo: @rider_krime
Photo: @rider_krime
November 7, 2015 at 8:47 PM Pictures of the missile test as seen from San Francisco. Thanks to @rider_krime and @rydaire for the photos.

November 7, 2015 at 7:54 PM The San Diego Union-Tribune is now reporting: A mysterious light that streaked across San Diego’s night sky Saturday, visible as far away as Nevada and Arizona, was a Trident missile test-fired by the Navy. Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted the scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from the Kentucky, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California, a Navy spokesman said.  The test was part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test, said Cmdr. Ryan Perry with the Navy’s Third Fleet.

November 7, 2015 at 7:51 PM North San Juan Fire has the first unit at scene, reporting a burnt-out car - possibly abandoned - about 1 mile from Purdon on the North San Juan side. Firefighters will check for a possible driver/occupant. Very limited spread to the wildland.

November 7, 2015 at 7:40 PM A car is reportedly on fire after an accident at Purdon Crossing, unknown which side of the river. Units from both sides of the Yuba en route.

November 7, 2015 at 7:25 PM Per SoCal TV stations: US Coast Guard confirms that bright light in sky was missile test out of Point Mugu.

November 7, 2015 at 6:38 PM Now multiple reports of a meteor over the western U.S. likely part of the Taurid meteor shower. Enjoy the show!

Photo : Jessica Arellano
November 7, 2015 at 6:28 PM Reports now of an ongoing military exercise in Southern California, complete with missile launches near Catalina. Alternative explanation, a fireball from the Taurid meteor shower.

November 7, 2015 at 6:19 PM A plume/light in the sky seen all over California has people guessing. We're hearing reports of sightings from NorCal all the way to Santa Barbara.

November 7, 2015 at 8:20 AM One more dry and sunny day before a weak storm moves in. Fair skies and near normal temperatures Saturday. Rain spreading across northern California Saturday night and Sunday. Rain and mountain snow showers Monday with a threat of thunderstorms and locally heavy rain. Dry and cool mid week.

November 6, 2015 at 11:57 AM Vehicle accident with a gas tank leak on East Empire Street in Grass Valley. Units en route.

November 6, 2015 at 10:47 AM One last training flight for the season for Tanker 88 and 89 before the planes go to McClellan Air Base for the winter.

November 6, 2015 at 9:20 AM Yuba River Ranger District is planning to burn 4 acres of handpiles along Moonshine Road & 10 acres of handpiles along Kelly Road. Both units are off of Marysville Road & Bullards Bar Reservoir vicinity. Smoke will be visible, watch for firefighters/equipment and be extra cautious when driving through the area.

November 6, 2015 at 8:05 AM First unit at scene in Grass Valley at the Courtyard Suites is reporting no fire, just a false alarm. All engines are canceled and returning to their stations. Firefighters at scene are requesting Grass Valley police to respond to take a report.

November 6, 2015 at 7:59 AM Fire alarm sounding at the Courtyard Suites on North Auburn Street in Grass Valley. Reported by a 911 call stating a fire in one of the rooms. Numerous engines are being dispatched.

November 6, 2015 at 7:56 AM Split weather weekend ahead. Fair skies and near normal temperatures today and Saturday. Rain spreading across northern California Saturday night and Sunday. Rain and mountain snow showers Monday with a threat of thunderstorms. Dry and cool mid week with another chance of precipitation at the end of the week.

November 5, 2015 at 4:08 PM A blood hound and another canine are wandering into traffic at Hwy 49 / Combie Rd. Please watch for the canines!

November 5, 2015 at 12:50 PM The Yuba River Ranger District is burning hand piles and machine piles today in the Indian Springs and Highway 49/Bullards areas. Smoke will be visible.

November 5, 2015 at 9:05 AM Report of a gas hazard, on Gilham Court, across from Wolf Mountain Road in Grass Valley. Units en route.

November 5, 2015 at 7:11 AM Cloudy and cool today. Fair skies and warming to near normal Friday and Saturday. Rain and cooler than normal again Sunday and Monday then mainly dry and cool the remainder of next week.

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November 4, 2015 at 9:29 AM The Tahoe National Forest is planning to burn 2 acres of handpiles along Moonshine Road today & 20 acres of machine piles in the vicinity of Highway 20 / South of Omega Overlook (Excelsior Point Road). Smoke will be visible in the area, reduce your speed and watch for firefighters and equipment.

November 4, 2015 at 9:13 AM Two vehicles collided on Hwy 174 / Pine Hill Dr. CHP en route. No injuries reported.

November 4, 2015 at 9:01 AM Today, Wednesday November 4, has been declared a NO BURN Day in Yuba and Sutter counties due to high winds and fire danger.

November 4, 2015 at 8:11 AM Breezy north winds and fair skies. A slight chance of morning showers northern Sierra this morning. Breezy north winds and fair skies elsewhere today. A slight chance of showers northern Shasta mountains Thursday and mostly cloudy elsewhere. Fair with near normal temperatures Friday and Saturday. Precipitation likely over northern California early next week with cooler temperatures.

November 3, 2015 at 12:13 PM Non-injury accident on Penn Valley Dr, a Camry into the scrubs.

November 3, 2015 at 11:09 AM Eldorado National Forest: The Rock Creek Trails will be closed to OHV, bicycle, motorcycle, and equestrian use until there has been 48 hours of drying weather.

November 3, 2015 at 9:48 AM The Yuba River Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest announces: We are burning today (11/3/15) up in Sierra City & along Highway 20 Corridor. We are planning to burn 2 acres of handpiles at Wild Plum Guard Station, on the north edge of Sierra City. We are also planning to burn 18 acres of machine piles at Highway 20 & South of Omega Overlook (Excelsior Point Road).

November 3, 2015 at 9:03 AM First unit at scene on Echo Drive reports smoke confined to a dryer vent only, all units are being canceled. Do clean out the lint trap and the vents regularly!

November 3, 2015 at 8:56 AM Report of a residential structure fire, smoke coming from under the deck of a home on Echo Drive across from Valley View Road in Nevada City. Numerous fire engines en route.

November 3, 2015 at 8:55 AM The American River Ranger District will begin hand pile burning in The Placer Grove of Giant Sequoias, near the intersection of the Spruce Creek Road (forest road 16) and the Big Trees Road (forest road 16-48) today. This hand pile burn is part of the Big Trees Ecological Restoration and Protection Project, designed as an initial step in restoring the Placer Grove of Giant Sequoias and surrounding old-growth forests to a more sustainable, natural, and wildfire-resilient condition.

November 3, 2015 at 7:12 AM Dry weather returns with breezy north winds. Scattered showers along with cool temps linger across portions of the Sierra today while the remainder of interior NorCal will see a little warmer temps along with breezy north winds. Lighter winds and dry weather beginning Wednesday and continuing through the remainder of the week.

November 3, 2015 at 7:04 AM Caltrans: 1-way traffic control on Hwy 49 at China Hill near El Dorado due to crash. No ETO

November 2, 2015 at 6:15 PM Tahoe National Forest: Due to recent weather events and the King Fire, the Mosquito Ridge road (forest road 96) and the Eleven Pines road (forest road 2) may have unexpected rock and/or landslides occurring. Forest visitors should drive with caution. The Rubicon River should also be avoided since debris flows (logs, etc.) are expected.

November 2, 2015 at 6:03 PM Confirming the rumors, West is withdrawing from the race in Nevada County's District 1.

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November 2, 2015 at 3:39 PM Showers continue over the Foothills, with the occasional appearance of a beautiful rainbow as seen in this photo. Thanks to reader Ashley for sending it.

November 2, 2015 at 2:54 PM Firefighters on scene at Rudd Road have contained the fire to the chimney, no extension to the residence. All engines still staging are returning to their stations.

November 2, 2015 at 2:42 PM Red Cross: ButteFire Update. We have established an #EvacShelter at 24 Church Hill St for those impacted in the burn area with the mud and #rain.

November 2, 2015 at 2:31 PM Reported chimney fire Rudd Road in the Bitney Springs area, numerous engines en route.

November 2, 2015 at 1:40 PM The National Weather Service has put out a Flash Flood Watch for the Valley, Rocky and Jerusalem Fire areas. There is the potential for thunderstorms to form on the West side of the Sacramento Valley this afternoon, including in the area of the Valley, Rocky or Jerusalem fire burn areas A Flash Flood Watch for a burn area means that conditions, including the formation of thunderstorms, may develop that could generate heavy rainfall rates. Heavy rainfall rates over recent burn areas could lead to flash floods, rockslides and or debris flows.

November 2, 2015 at 11:12 AM A toaster oven has reportedly caught on fire in a residence on Highland Courts, across from Main Street in Grass Valley. Firefighters en route.

November 2, 2015 at 11:10 AM Southbound 49 / Goodyear Creek Rd a solo vehicle accident has one lane blocked.

November 2, 2015 at 10:43 AM Caltrans: Chains or 4WD now required on I-80 from Kingvale to Donner Lake Interchange.

November 2, 2015 at 10:41 AM CHP Grass Valley: Our region continues to receive much needed rain. There have also been many collisions. Please slow down and keep more space between vehicles.

November 2, 2015 at 10:08 AM Trick-or-treat gone. Halloween over. Don’t trash pumpkins! Recycle for wildlife, garden.

November 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM Vehicle off the roadway, Idaho-Maryland Road and Brunswick Road in Grass Valley. No injuries reported.

November 2, 2015 at 9:31 AM Power outage near the old Nevada City Airport. PG&E is unable to access the affected equipment and 14 homes are affected.

November 2, 2015 at 9:29 AM Power outage in Alta Sierra affecting 28 homes. PG&E crews are en route.

November 2, 2015 at 9:13 AM Non-injury collision on southbound Sr49 / Alta Sierra Dr near Quail Creek.

November 2, 2015 at 8:56 AM A mudslide is blocking one lane on Moonshine Road, approx. 1,000 yards from Hwy 49.

November 2, 2015 at 8:55 AM Vehicle off the roadway on Rough And Ready Hwy / Grub Creek Dr. Emergency services en route.

November 2, 2015 at 7:12 AM Wet weather continues, snow in the higher elevations and thunderstorms likely. Cool and wet weather continues as a Pacific storm system moves inland. It will bring the first significant snow event of the season to the High Sierra with widespread rain elsewhere. Winter Storm Warning until 10 PM PST this evening for West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada.

November 2, 2015 at 6:46 AM I 80: Eastbound trucks are being screened at Applegate (Placer Co) - Drivers must have maximum chains in their possession in order to proceed - permit loads are prohibited. Hwy 89: Chains or snow tires are required from 5 mi north of Truckee (Nevada Co) to 11 mi north of Truckee (Sierra Co). Stay up to date with the latest driving conditions on our Road Conditions page

November 1, 2015 at 8:48 AM First significant storm of the season arrives today. Cool and wet weather starts today as a Pacific storm system moves inland. It will bring the first significant snow event of the season to the high Sierra with widespread rain elsewhere. Winter Storm Watch from this evening through Monday evening for West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada.

November 1, 2015 at 8:41 AM Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow from 10 pm this evening to 10 pm Monday. Significant early season snow possible late tonight through Monday evening for the northern Sierra Nevada mountains

November 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM Fall back 1 hour tonight! Sleep in a little longer if you checked your smoke detectors and the gutters of your home are ready for the rain! From the National Weather Service in Sacramento: Confidence has increased in a cool, wet system moving through Sunday-Monday. Precipitation will begin to spread into the northern mountains early Sunday morning, then through the rest of the area late in the afternoon and early evening. The heaviest precipitation is expected over the northern Sierra Nevada mountains. There is the potential for thunderstorms with locally heavy rain Monday, especially in the afternoon. Heavy rain could impact burn scars and cause ash movement, especially over the Sierra Nevada Mountain scars. The exact location and intensity of thunderstorms continues to be uncertain. Snow levels Sunday will start around 9000 feet, then drop to around Sierra pass levels (around 7500 feet) some time after midnight, possibly not until daybreak. The heaviest snow is expected Monday morning, becoming more showery in the afternoon and lasting into Monday evening. The heaviest accumulation is expected above 7000 feet, though some light snow accumulation could reach down to as low as 5000 feet Monday. This is the first significant storm of the season, and motorists are not accustomed to winter driving conditions. Mountain travel will likely be impacted.


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