Happening Now – February 2017

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 to let us know. You can also text us reports at 530-409-9888, but please don’t text or call while driving. Thanks!

February 28, 2017 at 11:06 PM Late on Tuesday afternoon NID published the agenda for a special meeting of their board of Directors to be held tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1 at 1:00 pm at the district office. The sole item on the agenda is to declare an emergency for the South Yuba Canal failure, which happened on Feb. 10, according to the staff report.

February 28, 2017 at 10:01 AM Hwy 174 at Greenhorn Access Road is one-way traffic only up to Wild Duck Lane. Be prepared for delays.

February 28, 2017 at 7:07 AM Dry and Warming Up through the Weekend. Weather-wise it is looking like a pretty quiet week ahead. It should be a decent week for cleaning up and digging out! Dry conditions are forecast through the end of the week along with a warming trend starting Wednesday.

February 27, 2017 at 6:31 AM Snow Showers Possible Today, then Dry Week Ahead. Showers linger into early Tuesday, then extended period of dry weather starts by the middle of the week.

February 26, 2017 at 9:13 AM Firefighters on scene of a small electrical stove fire off Rector Road in the Lake Vera area. Firefighters on scene report no house fire, incoming units are being canceled.

February 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM Showers Possible through Tuesday, then an Extended Period of Dry Weather. Although a few weak weather systems will move through the region this weekend, the outlook is mainly dry across California for the next 6 to 10 days.

February 24, 2017 at 2:318 PM The County of Nevada is pleased to announce the selection of MIG, Inc. of Berkeley, CA to provide consulting and facilitation services to Nevada County and the Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group.

February 24, 2017 at 10:39 AM Rep. McClintock says new dams have never been more necessary to store water and prevent flooding. He states the Auburn Dam was held up by environmentalists’ “spurious safety concerns.”

February 24, 2017 at 10:38 AM Rep. LaMalfa at the MCWRA event promises town halls later in the year. “It’s morning in America again, we’ll see you in town halls starting in April when one third of my district is not flooded.”

February 24, 2017 at 10:36 AM The Department of Water Resources reduced the outflow from the Oroville Dam flood control spillway to 50,000 cfs, in an effort to support debris removal from the diversion pool, located near the spillway. This rate of flow remains consistent with DWR’s established plan to continually manage lake levels, water flow, and support construction activities. Lake levels have decreased to 849 feet, 52 feet below the maximum level of the reservoir. Outflows are once again exceeding inflows.

February 24, 2017 at 9:15 AM Protestors were greeting participants of the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association as they drove up to the Auburn Ridge Golf Club. Reps LaMalfa, McClintock and State Senators Gaines and Nielsen are scheduled to address members on “The View from DC”

February 24, 2017 at 6:46 AM Cold but Weak Storms through the Weekend – Dry and Sunny to Follow. A couple of weak weather systems will bring scattered light showers to Northern California mainly Saturday and Monday. Then high pressure is forecast to build over the region starting on Tuesday bringing a much needed drying trend that should last at least into next weekend. Although snowfall amounts will not be excessive, two separate weather systems will bring light snow to Norcal at elevations lower than seen over the last several weeks. Snowfall amounts will be enough to cause travel difficulties over the mountains. If planning mountain travel, be prepared for delays and possible chain controls over the next few days.

February 23, 2017 at 10:41 PM Accident on the 10700 block of Red Dog Road, emergency services en route.

Photo courtesy Sandi

February 23, 2017 at 8:39 PM Culvert collapsed on Cleveland Ave in Camptonville. All traffic is being diverted up Mill Street. Thanks to reader Ambrosha for the update!

February 23, 2017 at 4:15 PM Red Dog Road is open again. Use caution and reduce your speed, roads remain slippery.

February 23, 2017 at 3:33 PM Public Works is out with plows and sanders on Red Dog Road. The road is closed at this time for numerous spin-outs.

February 23, 2017 at 3:01 PM Banner Mountain, Ridge Road, Brunswick and Idaho-Maryland roads are a mess. Slow down or better yet, wait before getting ion the road if you can.

February 23, 2017 at 10:32 AM Tree across all lanes on Penn Valley Drive in Penn Valley, across from the dog park.

Photo YubaNet

February 23, 2017 at 10:10 AM The LAFCo workshop regarding Nevada City’s sphere of influence is standing room only. Staff has begun presenting the background on the sphere.

February 23, 2017 at 10:07 AM Thanks to reader DeArlene for this tip: Please please drive slow and cautious on McCourtney road if you are going to the transfer station. There are patches of black ice and a car in the ditch past the Fairgrounds.

February 23, 2017 at 7:42 AM Take it slow! Several vehicles have spun out on Rough&Ready Highway near Bitney Springs Road. Icy conditions this morning.

February 23, 2017 at 6:54 AM Freezing Morning Temperatures and Light Snow late Friday through Monday. Cool northerly flow will bring cool morning temperatures over the next couple of days. Weather disturbances dropping down from the north will bring a couple of round of relatively light precipitation over the weekend and early next week. The cold air will make for low snow levels down to 1000 feet over Shasta county and 2000 – 2500 feet over the northern Sierra.

February 22, 2017 at 5:49 PM Mudslide just north of Bullards Bar Dam on Marysville Road.

February 22, 2017 at 5:03 PM A band of graupel (popcorn snow) is passing through Nevada County. Use caution on the roads, it can be like driving on ball bearings.

February 22, 2017 at 4:04 PM At 357 PM PST, Doppler radar was tracking a number of strong thunderstorms along a line from Fairfield extending northward through Davis, Marysville to near Oroville. The storms were moving towards the southeast at around 25 mph.

Mostly pea size hail and heavy rain was associated with each cell. Local winds in excess of 30 mph will be possible with each of these storms.

Locations impacted include: Sacramento, Elk Grove, Roseville, Fairfield, Vacaville, Citrus Heights, Davis, Woodland, Oroville, Marysville, Palermo, Carmichael, Yuba City, Rancho Cordova, West Sacramento, Lincoln, Suisun City, Dixon, Winters and Gridley.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

February 22, 2017 at 10:46 AM Caltrans: Chain controls lifted on I-80 both directions. Slippery conditions remain so Take It Slow and watch for snow removal crews.

February 22, 2017 at 6:18 AM Winter Weather Returns, Snow Levels Drop over the Weekend. Lighter snowfall accumulations expected over the #NorCal mountains during the next 24 hours. Snow levels around 2000-3000 feet.

February 21, 2017 at 6:01 PM Advisory evacuation lifted in Yuba City, Live Oak, all of Sutter County except Meridian and Robbins areas along Sacramento River.

February 21, 2017 at 4:47 PM A tree is blocking the eastbound lane on Greenhorn Access Road and Hwy 174. Please us extreme caution in the area.

February 21, 2017 at 4:12 PM Good news: Cascade Shores Evacuation Lifted

February 21, 2017 at 12:10 PM CHP Grass Valley: Hwy 20 is closed to semi-truck traffic due to bad weather and intermittent snow. I-80 summit is closed to trucks as well.

February 21, 2017 at 11:53 AM Vehicle spun out and landed in the ditch just north if the Bear River bridge on Hwy 49 and Linnet Lane. Emergency services on scene.

February 21, 2017 at 10:58 AM Tree in the roadway and into the power lines on Casci Road near Casci Court off Hwy 20 north of Nevada City.

February 21, 2017 at 10:35 AM Eastbound Hwy 20 closed to through traffic from just outside Nevada City to the junction with i-80 due to multiple spinouts.

February 21, 2017 at 10:33 AM From last night: Caltrans Worker Shows Great Reflexes during Close Call on Hwy 49

February 21, 2017 at 9:15 AM The landslide on Hwy 49 between North San Juan and Camptonville has been cleaned up. Thanks to reader Alan for the info.

February 21, 2017 at 9:01 AM CHP Truckee: Near white out conditions over Donner Summit.

Tree on Marjon Way in Nevada City. Photo by reader Ken

February 21, 2017 at 8:17 AM Power outages roundup:

  • 163 homes on Sun Forest Drive in Lake Wildwood. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location.
  • 92 homes from Moonshine Road across Hwy 49 to Tobacco Road and New School Road on the San Juan Ridge. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.
  • 43 homes on Marysville Road to Moonshine Road near Bullards Bar Reservoir.
  • 700 homes from Laporte Road outside Challenge to the Little Grass Valley Reservoir. PG&E is unable to access the affected equipment.
  • 57 homes along North Bloomfield Road up to Honeysuckle Road outside Nevada City. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.
  • 56 homes along Gold Flat Road to Pinewoods Road in Nevada City. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.
  • 46 homes on Marjon Drive along Ridge Road in Nevada City. Crews found a broken power pole in the area.
  • 75 customers along Maltman and Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley, extending across hwy
  • 49  to Laurel Lane and Madrone Way. Crews found a broken power pole in the area.
  • 146 homes along Idaho-Maryland Road from Side Hill Court up to Lee Lane and Madrone Forest Road.
  • 81 homes from Banner Lave Cap Road across Idaho-Maryland Road to Sierra Woodlands Court.
  • 196 homes on Gold Hill Drive up to Copper Drive in Grass Valley. PG&E staff have found a connection in need of repair. (thanks to reader Andrew for the correct location)
  • Various small outages along Hwy 20 near Casci Road past the Washington Ridge Camp.

February 21, 2017 at 8:08 AM Colfax High School will delay start until 9:20 due to power outage.

February 21, 2017 at 8:07 AM Showers and Flooding Continue Today, Brief Dry Spell Ahead. Significant flooding concerns continue as runoff from the recent rain continues to work its way downstream adding stress to waterways. Showery weather with a few thunderstorms expected into mid-week, then another stronger storm potentially late in the weekend.

February 21, 2017 at 1:35 AM Large mudslide approximately 1/2 mile from North San Juan towards Moonshine Road on Hwy 49. Rocks and mud are blocking the roadway.

February 21, 2017 at 1:08 AM Traffic hazard on Brunswick Road at Greenhorn Road near the existing sunken road portion.

February 21, 2017 at 1:03 AM 1,597 customers from Frenchtown to Challenge and Brownsville up to the Little Grass Valley Reservoir are out of power with an estimated time of restoration. PG&E is unable to access the affected equipment

February 21, 2017 at 12:58 AM Power has been restored in Alta Sierra to 2,703 PG&E customers. Meanwhile, 196 customers have lost power on Gold Hill Drive in Grass Valley. 82 customers in Nevada City along Ridge Road and Via Vista are also out of power.

February 20, 2017 at 11:16 PM Tree down on the Gold Flat Road off ramp on Hwy 49 near Nevada City. One lane is still passable.

February 20, 2017 at 11:14 PM 613 customers without power in Meadow Vista. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location.

February 20, 2017 at 11:12 PM Tree blocking both lanes on Lime Kiln Road at Duggans Road west of Hwy 49. Use extreme caution in the area.

February 20, 2017 at 11:02 PM Tree into the power lines on Perimeter Road near McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Power lines are down across the roadway, emergency services en route.

February 20, 2017 at 10:17 PM Power outage affecting 2,703 customers from Alta Sierra to Higgins Corner. PG&E assessment crew is en route to the outage.

February 20, 2017 at 9:37 PM Hwy 174 between Grass Valley and Colfax will be closed for approximately 90 minutes to remove a mudslide near the Bear River bridge. No detour available.

Photo courtesy Bruce Beeley

February 20, 2017 at 8:47 PM Tree across the roadway on North Bloomfield Road/Graniteville Road outside of Nevada City. Emergency services en route.

February 20, 2017 at 8:33 PM From DWR: Local TV news affiliates just made a mistake. There is NO evacuation order in the Oroville area.

February 20, 2017 at 7:19 PM Numerous reports of downed trees, flooded roadways, and mud/rock slides tonight. Heavy snow over the summit. If you can stay home, please do.

February 20, 2017 at 4:08 PM Today, the soils engineer has placed monitoring devices in several key locations at the landslide in Cascade Shores so that county staff can gauge the movement.  The slide area will continue to be monitored by emergency responders, County staff and the soils engineer.  Unfortunately, there isn’t much else that can be done at this time due to the steep terrain.  Some minor sloughing has also been reported just east of the primary slide area. The hard road closure on Mountain View Drive remains in place.

February 20, 2017 at 3:40 PM Current water vapor satellite image from the GOES West satellite.

Image courtesy  NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO

February 20, 2017 at 3:35 PM Don Pedro Controlled Spillway Gate has been opened for the first time since 1997.

February 20, 2017 at 2:51 PM Caltrans: I-80 chain control east and westbound. Turning big rigs around westbound at Stateline due to heavy holiday traffic.

February 20, 2017 at 1:57 PM National Weather Service in Sacramento afternoon update: Current water vapor imagery and satellite derived winds show a strong jet stream advecting moisture into northern California ahead of a trough of low pressure. Radar trends show a widespread area of light to heavy precipitation occurring across the forecast area. Gusty southwest winds were occurring for the north and central Sacramento Valley up to 40 mph at times.

Forecast concerns for this period include flooding for the entire area, including flash flooding for locations south of the I-80 corridor. Heavy snow and high winds with gusts greater than 70 mph for higher terrain is also a concern, including damaging wind gusts between 55 and 65 mph for the valley and foothills. Thunderstorms are possible with increased instability tonight and Tuesday. Latest short term model forecast guidance has suggested an area of excessive rainfall for locations south of the Interstate 80 corridor in an area of enhanced orographic lift this afternoon through tonight, so a flash flooding threat with landslides is increased through tonight.

Heavy snowfall for the Sierra will continue through tonight as snow levels drop overnight and Tuesday. One to two feet of snow is expected for Donner and Echo Passes with 3 to 4 feet of new snow for passes south of Highway 50. Up to 5 feet can be expected for the highest elevations above pass level through Tuesday.

Heavier precipitation will transition towards lighter precipitation amounts Wednesday with some additional light accumulations of rain for the Valley and snow for the Sierra. A brief dry spell is expected for northern California on Thursday.

February 20, 2017 at 1:05 PM Report of a 2-3 ft boulder in the northbound lane on Hwy 49 just south of Indian Valley Road in Camptonville

February 20, 2017 at 1:04 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a portion of northern California, including the following areas: Motherlode, Northern San Joaquin Valley and West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada from 3 PM this afternoon to midnight tonight.

February 20, 2017 at 12:56 PM Truckee Police: Holiday traffic on westbound I-80 is gridlocked through Truckee.  Side streets are not a better alternative.  If you are trying to get over the summit to Sacramento or Bay Area, please do not try to use your GPS to find side streets, they are clogged or closed.  Old Hwy 40 (Donner Pass Rd) from Donner Lake to Sugar Bowl is closed with no estimated time for reopening and is not a way over the summit. Donner Pass Rd from SR-89 (South) to the Donnergate area is gridlocked with westbound traffic.  There is not alternative route.  Please be patient and drive safely.

February 20, 2017 at 10:35 AM The latest update on the Cascade Shores landslide has been posted.

February 20, 2017 at 9:36 AM Hwy 174 is open to one way traffic control at Greenhorn Access Rd near Rollins Lake area due to a tree down in the roadway. Motorists can expect delays and congestion, the estimated time of clearing is approximately 10:30 am.

February 20, 2017 at 7:13 AM Wettest and windiest period expected today into Tuesday. Significant flooding concerns this week as heavy rain will add stress to waterways. Strong winds will cause numerous downed trees and extended power outages. Mountain communities and travel will be impacted with heavy snow and mudslides. Valley thunderstorms possible Tuesday and Wednesday.

February 20, 2017 at 3:22 AM Here are the projected wind speeds for Monday night.

February 20, 2017 at 3:18 AM The flood warning continues for the following rivers in California: Middle Fork Feather River Near Portola affecting Plumas County. A strong atmospheric river will push through the region today through early Tuesday bringing heavy rainfall to much of northeast California. The current flood forecast for the Middle Fork Feather at Portola is higher than what was experienced in January, but about 2 feet lower than the flood earlier this month.

February 20, 2017 at 1:33 AM Eastbound Interstate 80 Road Closed.

February 19, 2017 at 9:15 PM Eight homes are under mandatory evacuation on Mountain Drive in Cascade Shores. The landslide has moved two feet in the past few hours. The evacuation is a precautionary measure. Engineers are on scene, so are emergency personnel and law enforcement. There is a hard closure on Mountain Drive to Pasquale Road. As of now, all evacuees have a place to stay. The First Baptist Church on Ridge Road across from NU is available as a shelter, if the need should arise. It is not open at this time.

February 19, 2017 at 8:12 PM There is now a hard closure on Mountain View Drive at Pasquale Road in Cascade Shores.

February 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM Temporary traffic controls are in place in Cascade Shores near Mountain View Drive. Emergency services are on scene, engineers en route to assess the situation.

February 19, 2017 at 4:40 PM Emergency services on scene at the 16000 block of Mountain View Drive in Cascade Shores because of an impeding landslide.

February 19, 2017 at 3:15 PM Take this afternoon and evening to make final preparations ahead of the incoming storm with flooding, strong winds and heavy snow. If you were given less than 15 minutes to evacuate your home would you have everything you need and gas in your vehicle? If roadways are closed from flooding, downed trees, or mudslides, do you have enough supplies to last you several days? If there are widespread power outages that last more than a day would you be prepared? If you are stuck on a road, do you have supplies in your car?

Northern California has become very vulnerable after being hit continuously with storms since early January and we want all residents in our region to plan ahead and be prepared.

Another very wet pattern starts later tonight with precipitation lingering into Wednesday. However, the strongest storm will be Monday into Tuesday when we expect the greatest precipitation and strongest winds. An atmospheric river will bring another plume of intense moisture to the west coast. Models vary slightly on where this plume will hit directly, but we have good confidence that it will be somewhere in our CWA. Another concern is that this plume could stall for a period of time which would significantly increase flooding issues for wherever that stall occurs. Keep in mind that significant flooding can also occur outside of this intense moisture plume since soils are so saturated and there will be added stress to levees, rivers and streams. That’s why residents should stay tuned to social media, news and updates during the storm so they can act quickly if needed.

Specifics of the Monday-Tuesday storm: Precipitation amounts could range 1 to 3 inches in the valley with up to 10 inches along the Western Sierra Slopes. Remember that runoff from the mountains will eventually flow downstream and add impacts to the valley. Snow amounts will be heaviest above 6000 feet with a range of 2-5 feet of new snow but we could see up to a foot of snow down to 5500 feet. Snow levels will be near or slightly above Sierra pass levels on Monday, then lower below pass levels on Tuesday. Strong wind gusts in the valley and foothills are forecast to range 45-65 mph with stronger winds over mountains Monday afternoon into Monday night.

Summary of Warning & Advisory products: An Areal Flood Warning remains in place for interior Norcal through much of the week. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the Sierra Cascade range through 10 pm Tuesday. A Wind Advisory for the Northern Sacramento Valley is in place now until 10 am Monday and then the Wind Advisory includes the entire Sacramento Valley, the Northern San Joaquin Valley and Delta region from Monday 10 am to 4 pm. From 4 pm Monday to 4 am Tuesday we have a High Wind Warning in place across all our valley and foothill regions while also including the eastern slopes of the Coastal range and the northern mountains in Shasta County.

Precipitation drops off on Tuesday behind the main front as do winds but snow levels drop as colder air filters into the region. Some snow levels could lower down into the 4000-5000 ft range, but there won’t be as much precipitation occurring so snow accumulations at the lower levels will not be high amounts.

Main upper trough shifts through on Wednesday keeping the showers going and could lower snow levels even farther but precipitation amounts will be fairly light. Cold air aloft that brings down the snow levels will also destabilize the atmosphere so it is likely that the valley will see isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Oroville Dam main spillway is flowing at 55,000 cubic feet per second at the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California, allowing engineers to get a better look at the damaged spillway at Lake Oroville in California. Oroville is a city in Butte County. Photo taken in the late afternoon of February 18, 2017. Florence Low / California Department of Water Resources

February 19, 2017 at 1:35 PM At 2:00 this afternoon, the Department of Water Resources will increase outflow from the Oroville Dam flood control spillway, from 55,000cfs to 60,000cfs. Contrary to rumors sparked by a live feed of a Sacramento TV station, the spillway is not collapsing – with lower flows more of the spillway and the week-old damage is visible.

February 19, 2017 at 10:46 AM Flooding, Heavy Snow, Strong Winds through Mid-Week. Main message for interior NorCal is that residents should be prepared for flooding, heavy snow, and wind damage. Wet pattern continues across the region through Wednesday, with the wettest storm expected Monday and Tuesday. Recent storms have left the region highly vulnerable, so significant impacts will be possible with additional rainfall. Strong, damaging winds expected Monday in the Valley and along the Sierra crest which will heighten storm impacts. Snow levels around 5500 feet today and expected to rise Monday to near pass levels (6000-7000 feet). On Tuesday, snow levels lower below pass levels again. Motorists should check CalTrans and be cautious of hazardous mountain travel.

February 18, 2017 at 9:49 AM Hwy 49 2 miles east of Shoshoni Trail to 2 miles west of S Yuba River Bridge. Expect 30 min delay for emergency work.

February 17, 2017 at 4:47 PM The slide on Hwy 49 between Nevada City and the 49’er Bridge has been cleaned up.

February 17, 2017 at 3:52 PM Non-injury accident on Hwy 49 at Cameo Drive, both cars are on the right hand side. Emergency services are on scene.

February 17, 2017 at 3:10 PM New slide on Hwy 49 between Nevada City and the 49’er bridge. Thanks to reader Mary Goodman for the photo and the heads up. Please, reduce your speed and use extreme caution in the area.

February 17, 2017 at 8:24 AM Westbound I-80 near the Donner Lake Interchange, jackknifed big rig across all lanes. Traffic is stopped in heavy snow.

February 17, 2017 at 8:17 AM Emergency maintenance work has the #2 lane closed on southbound Hwy 49 from the 49/20 interchange in Grass Valley to McKnight Way until 6:00 pm tonight. Per CHP Grass Valley:

The SR-49 southbound freeway in Grass Valley is continuing its settling north of McKnight Way, especially in the #2 (slow) lane. Caltrans is aware of this and will be onsite today to perform more soils testing in the area.

The slow lane will be closed while CalTrans perform this testing, but the #1 lane will remain open. Drivers should expect delays sporadically throughout the day until the lane is re-opened.

We will post more information when CalTrans has it.

Photo Richard Strohl

February 17, 2017 at 8:14 AM A double rainbow, spotted yesterday by reader Richard off of Jones Bar Road, to remind you that eventually the sun will shine again.

February 17, 2017 at 8:03 AM NWS Sacramento: With a look at this morning’s models, we’ve increased the wind gust potential for Sacramento, Delta and down through Modesto.

February 16, 2017 at 9:02 PM Gusty Winds Friday and Monday, Increased Flood Threat Monday. Wet weather returns with several storm system passages expected through next week. Sierra mountain travel issues at times.

February 16, 2017 at 12:15 PM  Reader-reported accident on Brunswick and East Main Street in Grass Valley. Two cars involved.

February 16, 2017 at 11:26 AM Chain requirements now lifted on all mountain highways in District 3. Check quickmap.dot.ca.gov for current highway information.

February 16, 2017 at 9:36 AM Hwy 20 has fully reopened between Nevada City and the I-80 junction at this time. Watch for changing conditions.

February 16, 2017 at 9:35 AM Forecast confidence increasing in Atmospheric River event early next week. Could bring renewed widespread #NorCal flooding.

February 16, 2017 at 8:12 AM NWS Sacramento update: Wet pattern has returned to NorCal. Several systems will move through the area into Tuesday, with the wettest storm expected Monday and Tuesday.

Recent storms have left the region highly vulnerable, so amplified impacts will be possible with additional rainfall.

Snow levels will be below pass levels for Friday – weekend and again early next week, causing hazardous mountain travel at times with likely chain controls and delays.

February 16, 2017 at 7:58 AM Accident on South Ponderosa Way just north of McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

Photo CHP Truckee

February 16, 2017 at 7:53 AM CHP Truckee:

Chain Control: Updated 7:50 am
I-80 is R2 from Kingvale to Truckee.
Trucks are Maximum.
*Eastbound traffic still being held due to a crash East of Castle Peak.
SR-89 is R2 Picketts Junction to US-50.
R1 Bliss State Park to Sugar Pine.
R1 Squaw to Truckee.
R1 Truckee to Onion Valley.
SR-28 R1 Lardin to Tahoe City.
SR-267 is R2 Kings Beach to Northstar.
*cable chains prohibited.
SR-88 is R2 Iron mountain to Picketts Junction.
R1 Picketts Junction to Crystal Springs.
US-50 is R2 Twin Bridges to Meyers.
SR-20 is R2 Bear Valley to I-80.
*eastbound is now closed in Nevada City due to multiple spin outs.
Old Highway 40 (Donner Pass Rd. Between Truckee and Sugar bowl is now closed.)

February 16, 2017 at 7:42 AM Hwy 20 is closed to through traffic to the I-80 split due to conditions o I-80. Local traffic is permitted.

February 16, 2017 at 7:41 AM Caltrans: I-80 EB turning traffic around at Nyack, Kingvale & trucks at Applegate / Hwy 20-Nevada City due to spinouts over Donner Summit.

February 16, 2017 at 7:32 AM Power outage in Downieville, Sierra City and Haskell Creek is affecting 603 PG&E customers. PG&E assessment crew is en route to the outage.

February 16, 2017 at 7:28 AM Power outage on the San Juan Ridge affecting portions of Purdon Road, Blind Shady Road and Kilham Circle. 58 homes are affected, PG&E crews estimate to have power restored by 8:30 am. Another 73 homes in North Columbia are expected to have power restores by 8:15 am.

February 16, 2017 at 7:21 AM  Eastbound Highway 20 Chain Control level TTA
End of Freeway (1 Mile east of Nevada City)

All truck trailer combinations are being turned around at the chain control camper due to traction problems over Donner Summit.

February 16, 2017 at 7:16 AM Rain, snow and flood concerns return. Wet weather returns today with several storm system passages expected through next week. Sierra mountain travel issues at times. Gusty winds today and Monday. Increased flood threat Monday.

February 16, 2017 at 6:51 AM Current road conditions:

Hwy 20 between Nevada City and the I-80 junction is open, no restrictions.
Hwy 49 between Nevada City and North San Juan is open, one lane controlled traffic from Newtown Road to Tyler Foote Road. (One Caltrans database appears not to be updated but the road is NOT closed at this time)
I-80 has chain control at Kingvale, all traffic is being held at the chain control check point due to accidents (jack-knifed big rig) or weather related conditions.
US 50 trees down in the roadway at Ice House Rd, but the road is open. Chain control at Twin Bridges.

February 15, 2017 at 11:03 PM Caltrans: I-80 reopens all westbound lanes due to mudslide at Baxter. Drive safe.

February 15, 2017 at 5:11 PM Yuba River at Marysville (MRYC1). A change in flood category has been **forecasted** Previous Forecasted flood stage was: No Flooding, New Forecasted flood stage is: Near Flood Stage Forecasted 48 hour crest: 74.0 ft at 2017-02-17

February 15, 2017 at 3:52 PM Accident, unknown injuries, on Hwy 49 at Lime Kiln Road. Use caution in the area.

February 15, 2017 at 12:51 PM Westbound I-80 The slide on that keeps on sliding. Heavy traffic on Hwy 20 through Nevada City/Grass Valley area. Thanks Colleen for the photo

February 15, 2017 at 10:57 AM Donner Lake Level Remains High, Lake Front Residents Should Stay Informed. The Truckee River and streams remain swollen and the Donner Lake water level remains high as a result of the unprecedented amount of rain and snow our area has received over the last month or so.  While there is currently no risk of infrastructure failure of any sort, lake levels rising above the high water mark could result in low level flooding of some properties around the lake front.

February 15, 2017 at 9:51 AM Per CHP Grass Valley: The mudslide continues to be active on I-80 near Baxter. Entire trees are still breaking loose and sliding down into the westbound lanes, along with mud and other debris. To give the crews as much time as possible to clear the slide before the next wave of storms, Caltrans is closing I-80 Westbound again, until further notice (probably all day). Traffic will again be diverted down SR-20 through the Nevada City/Grass Valley areas. Semi-trucks will be stopped/held westbound at the state line to minimize large trucks coming through the area. We’ll post more information as we have it from Caltrans.

February 15, 2017 at 8:34 AM NWS Sacramento update: Dry weather continues across Northern California through this afternoon. River and stream levels are still elevated and will be slow to recede. The next weather system is set to arrive late tonight into Thursday, with lighter showers Friday through the weekend. The precipitation forecast for these storms do not appear to be as high as last week’s storms. Those storms last week have left the region highly vulnerable, so amplified impacts will be possible with additional rainfall.  Potential is increasing for a stronger, wetter storm with stronger winds early next week.  A continued wet pattern is expected through next week.

February 15, 2017 at 6:42 AM Westbound I-80 has one lane open in the Baxter area. Cleanup is ongoing. US 50 has fully reopened between South Lake Tahoe and Placerville.

February 15, 2017 at 6:41 AM Rain and Snow – The Return. Rain will return to the region by later tonight and continue into Thursday as the first in another series of storms moves into NorCal.

February 14, 2017 at 11:34 AM Dirt and large rocks in the roadway on Hwy 20 near Rough&Ready Highway. Use extreme caution in the area.

February 14, 2017 at 11:08 AM Expect heavy traffic on Hwy 20 north of Nevada City and on Hwy 49 to the I-80 corridor in Auburn. Westbound I-80 is closed again due to the active mudslide near Baxter.

February 14, 2017 at 10:02 AM The Nevada County BOS just declared a local state of emergency due to the Oroville Spillway incident. Approximately 588 evacuees are currently sheltered in Nevada County.

February 14, 2017 at 7:02 AM Westbound Interstate 80 in the Baxter area is open to all traffic. One lane is still closed due to mudslide cleanup. There is no estimated time of opening.

February 14, 2017 at 6:54 AM Wet Weather Returns Wednesday Night. Dry weather will continue today, then another warm and wet storm will arrive later Wednesday into Thursday. Showery conditions dominate Friday and Saturday as a colder low pressure area moves inland over Central California with lower snow levels. River levels will rise and continue to pose problems late this week and into early next week due to more weather system, but lower snow levels may limit flooding impacts. Travel over the mountains may be difficult at times with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.

February 13, 2017 at 8:47 PM Nevada County Fairgrounds: We will not be receiving donations after 6:30 pm tonight, as we will be closing down the grounds for the evacuees and volunteers to rest. If you’d like to donate items (needed for tomorrow: diaper wipes, ponchos for rain, new adult underwear, and socks), we will be open tomorrow at 8 am to receive donations at Gate 5. Thank you all for your kindness!

February 13, 2017 at 6:34 PM Nevada County OES: The Nevada County Fairgrounds have accepted 800 folks and are currently full. Both the First Baptist Church (1866 Ridge Rd, Grass Valley – across from Nevada Union) and the Calvary Bible Church (11481 CA-174, Grass Valley – across from Union Hill School) are open and accepting folks who need shelter from the night. The Fairgrounds are still accepting livestock and pets. If you have any additional questions about shelters or other services during this time of need please call 211. Updates will continue to be provided on this Facebook page as needed. The Nevada County OES thanks all of our local and regional partners as we work to provide essential services to our displaced friends and neighbors.

February 13, 2017 at 6:31 PM CAL FIRE update: The Department of Water Resources advises that the primary spillway continues to flow at 100,000 cfs and lake levels have dropped to 894’ feet.

After evaluating the erosion on the emergency spillway, a plan was put in place to prevent further erosion. Utilizing trucks and helicopters, crews moved large rocks and gravel to fill erosion on the emergency spillway. DWR staff continues to inspect and evaluate the emergency and primary spillways for further erosion.

February 13, 2017 at 6:20 PM Nevada County will proclaim a local emergency tomorrow. Why?

On February 12, 2017 at approximately 4 p.m., Nevada County began providing emergency services and opened its emergency shelters to provide food, emergency supplies, medical attention, shelter, transportation and services for the elderly, social services, therapists, animal food and shelter, and to provide supplies and other services as needed to address the complex and rapidly changing circumstances to individuals displaced by the emergency evacuation

Nevada County is currently housing and providing food and resources to approximately 800 evacuees, 80 Yuba County Jail inmates, and 30 Juvenile Hall juveniles, as well as housing Yuba County’s temporary Emergency Operations Center, and it is anticipated that this emergency will exist for the next several days, and until the Oroville Dam Spillway emergency and threat of uncontrolled flooding has stabilized.

February 13, 2017 at 4:58 PM Nevada County is adding an emergency item to tomorrow’s BOS agenda. A  proclamation of a local emergency due to extreme precipitation, excessive water capture and significant damage to the Oroville Dam spillways and requesting the governor proclaim a state of emergency for Nevada County.

February 13, 2017 at 4:09 PM Caltrans: WB I-80 Baxter slide still slipping mud = intermittent full closures for cleanup. Use Hwy 20 as alternate to traffic delays.

February 13, 2017 at 3:36 PM National Weather Service in Reno: A series of weak to moderate storms is expected to impact the region beginning Thursday and potentially lasting through the middle of next week. Additional rain and snow will create periods of difficult travel conditions in the Sierra and renewed flooding concerns. Current projections don’t indicate any strong storms. However, with very wet antecedent conditions in lower elevations and exceptionally deep snowpack at higher elevations, even small amounts of precipitation could create renewed flooding concerns. The main flooding concerns will continue to be along smaller streams, areas of poor drainage, and main stem rivers in northeast California such as the Pit, Susan and Middle Fork Feather, which have already seen flooding this past week. Our recommendations are to utilize the next two dry weather days to clear snow, mud and debris from storm drains and poor drainage areas, and to keep flood mitigation measures in place through the middle of next week.

February 13, 2017 at 2:51 PM Caltrans update: One lane remains open thru Baxter slide area. Traffic is congested. Expect delays.

February 13, 2017 at 2:29 PM Caltrans: Baxter mudslide on WB I-80 has slid mud across both lanes. Roadway blocked. No ETO. Per CHP Truckee: The new slide is in the same location as the one that shut I-80 down on February 10. The detour for I-80 westbound will be to use SR-20 to SR-49. I-80 westbound will be completely closed to all tractor trailer traffic.

This means HEAVY traffic through Nevada City/Grass Valley again.

February 13, 2017 at 1:55 PM Many thanks to Jeff Cox for sharing his video with us. Video: Hwy 49 Landslides – Feb. 2017

February 13, 2017 at 12:16 PM Sacramento County officials reported imminent failure of N Fork Mokelumne River levee, Tyler Island will be flooded and likely east Walnut Grove. Flash flood warning issued. This is independent from the Oroville Spillway incident.

February 13, 2017 at 10:04 AM Caltrans: Hwy 49 remains closed Yuba Pass summit to Sattley for slipout. Working to build wall so can open 1 lane before next storm.

February 13, 2017 at 9:42 AM Caltrans: I-80 WB lane closure at Stateline for rockslide cleanup.

Expect delays and use caution in area. Slow for the Cone Zone!

Photo taken February 12, 2017 by Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water
Resources

February 13, 2017 at 8:43 AM All further updates on the Oroville Spillway Incident will be posted here: //yubanet.com/regional/oroville-spillway-incident/

February 13, 2017 at 7:40 AM 3:00 am update from the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds is available for evacuees and animals. We are not full, and we have room in our buildings and our RV Park. We have about 600 people on the grounds, about 15 large dogs, and many small animals. The Red Cross has notified us that the Salvation Army will be bringing breakfast and lunch to all the evacuees in the morning; however, they are in need of prepackaged snack food (no homemade food is allowed) and blankets for the evacuees. There is plenty of bottled water, so no need for water donations. They are also in need of dog and cat food for the small animals.

The Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team (who is overseeing the large animal evacuations) has about 15 large dogs, and they have enough food and supplies for these animals, so there is not a need for food and blankets for them at this time. All prepackaged snack food, blanket, and small animal pet food donations can be dropped off at Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds, and Red Cross will oversee the distribution. Thank you for your generosity, and your patience as we work with the various organizations to best help those in need.

February 13, 2017 at 7:30 AM Disabled Butte County residents who need assistance evacuating in Butte County can call (530) 342-0221 for a para-transport.

February 13, 2017 at 7:20 AM At 7:00 am Lake Oroville reservoir elevation is 897.55 ft. Reported outflow is 99,804 cfs.

February 13, 2017 at 7:12 AM  Dry through Tuesday, active pattern across interior NorCal returns late Wednesday. Dry weather will dominate through Tuesday, then another warm and wet storm will arrive across the region Wednesday into Thursday. Showery conditions dominate Friday and Saturday as a colder low pressure area moves inland with lower snow levels. River levels will rise and continue to pose problems late this week and into early next week due to more weather system, but lower snow levels may limit flooding impacts.

February 13, 2017 at 12:20 AM Lake Oroville is now at 899.77 ft. – or 99.8% of total capacity. DWR officials stated their goal is to lower the level to 850 ft before the next weather system on Wednesday.

February 13, 2017 at 12:19 AM Nevada County OES: Current estimate is 535 evacuees. Found about 100 more cots in Truckee area. May take a few hours to get them loaded and brought down.

February 13, 2017 at 12:07 AM Placer County evac center (800 All American Pkwy Roseville) seeking Spanish and Punjabi-speaking volunteer.

February 13, 2017 at 12:00 AM Butte Superintendent of Schools, Tim Taylor, has called closure of all schools on Monday, February 13, 2017. Bangor Union Elementary School District, Biggs Unified School District, Durham Unified School District, Feather Falls Union Elementary School District, Golden Feather Union Elementary School District, Gridley Unified School District, Manzanita Elementary School District, Oroville Elementary School District, Oroville Union High School District, Palermo Union Elementary School District, Pioneer Union Elementary School District and Thermalito Union Elementary School District in Butte County.  All of Butte County Office of Education offices and schools in Oroville will also be closed. The following Butte County School Districts are not included in this closure advisory: Chico Unified School District and Paradise Unified School District.

Photo CHP

February 12, 2017 at 11:53 PM CHP: We are out with Caltrans HQ helping motorists who are out of gas. #OrovilleDam

February 12, 2017 at 11:51 PM Nevada County OES: Current estimate is 450 evacuees at the Fairgrounds.  People are still arriving, but the flow has slowed down.

February 12, 2017 at 11:38 PM Nevada County OES: More water and snacks are on the way to the fairgrounds, should be there by midnight.  Current estimate is about 450 people.

February 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM Beale Air Force Base: Beale has received approximately 200 people and plan to receive many more. We will not turn anyone away. We stand beside our community.

February 12, 2017 at 11:21 PM CHP has over 100 additional officers deployed to the area, five aircraft assigned.

February 12, 2017 at 11:19 PM Press conference at CalOES now. CA National Guard activates, 1,200 people assigned to the incident, ready to help. CAL FIRE has over 250 firefighters assigned with a Type I Management Team coordinating.

February 12, 2017 at 10:49 PM Governor Brown Issues Emergency Order to Help Response to Situation at Oroville Dam

February 12, 2017 at 10:33 PM Nevada County: There are about 400 people at the fairgrounds now. Unfortunately, there are not enough cots for everyone. 50 more cots are on the way from El Dorado County. Water and snacks should be arriving by 11pm.

February 12, 2017 at 10:20 PM Inflow at reservoir is currently 40,000 cfs, outflow is 100,000 cfs. DWR wants the reservoir level to come down 50ft before this week’s storm.

February 12, 2017 at 10:14 PM CHP UPDATE for Oroville Dam: SB 149 at 99, SB 70 at 149, EB 162 at 99, & 149 at Openshaw Rd. are all CLOSED.

February 12, 2017 at 9:53 PM CAL FIRE Incident Management Team #3 is now in Unified Command with Butte County Sheriff and the Department of Water Resources on managing the incident.

February 12, 2017 at 9:51 PM CHP Video of Oroville Dam earlier today.

February 12, 2017 at 9:45 PM Per Amtrak, NB & SB Starlight line travelers will be bussed around the evacuation area. Union Pacific holding all rail traffic from Sacramento to Redding.

February 12, 2017 at 9:44 PM Nevada County Fairgrounds is currently sheltering 143 people. 150 people are waiting for a cot.

February 12, 2017 at 9:23 PM The Nevada County Fairgrounds are open to flood evacuees and all animals. For cars (non RVs), go to Gate 1; for RVs, go to Gate 4; for large and small animals, go to Gate 8. The GVPD and Red Cross are onsite and at the various gates to assist evacuees.

February 12, 2017 at 9:07 PM Yuba River at Marysville (MRYC1).

A CHANGE IN FLOOD CATEGORY HAS BEEN **FORECASTED** Previous Forecasted flood stage was: Near Flood Stage, New Forecasted flood stage is: No Flooding Forecasted 48 hour crest: 73.5 ft

February 12, 2017 at 8:55 PM From Nevada County OES: The fairgrounds is open as an evacuation center.  Please enter at gate 1.  Large animals will be accepted. There are currently about 100 people at the evacuation center.

February 12, 2017 at 8:47 PM NWS Sacramento: A Flash Flood Warning for the potential failure of a portion of the auxiliary spillway of Oroville Dam Remains in effect until 4:15 PM Monday for South Central Butte County.

Operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure a portion of the structure. Failure of the auxiliary spillway structure would result in an uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville.

Only the auxiliary spillway of Oroville dam is considered to be under threat at this time.

February 12, 2017 at 8:29 PM Oroville Dam – Beale Emergency Response:

Due to the current emergency situation regarding the possible Oroville Dam spillway north of Beale Air Force Base; In support of local communities, Beale Air Force Base has authorized transit across the installation entering via either Doolittle Gate (off of Hammonton Smartsville road) or Schneider Gate (North Beale road) and exiting to higher ground via the Grass Valley gate. Additionally, the Harris Fitness Center located on base is currently an active shelter location. Evacuees seeking shelter will park at Dragon Town and from there be transferred to the OMNI for registration via bus. Beale AFB, is able to provide shelter for 400 individuals and Contrails dining facility will offer food and water.

February 12, 2017 at 7:57 PM Butte County offices in the #Oroville area will be closed for business tomorrow due to the evacuation from the #Spillway incident.

February 12, 2017 at 7:51 PM Butte County Evacuation update:

Evacuation Area
Oroville Area: Downtown Oroville and Thermalito, the areas south of Lincoln Blvd on the west side of Lincoln to Ophir Road. All low lying areas around the Feather River, which includes Gridley, Biggs, Yuba City, Loma Rica, and anywhere south of Butte County along the River. We will provide more specific information later.

Evacuation Shelter
Chico

Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair Street, Chico (small animals accepted) – FULL
Neighborhood of Church of Chico, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd. (no animals inside)
Paradise

Paradise Alliance Church (CMA), 6491 Clark Road (small animals accepted, RVs allowed in Parking Lot)
Elks Lodge (Paradise) 1100 Elks Lane, Paradise – (no small animals accepted, RVs allowed in Parking Lot)

Alternate Locations for RVs
Rolling Hils RV Park, Corning

Animals Shelters
Large Animal Shelter – Camelot Equestrian Center, 1985 Clark Road

February 12, 2017 at 7:46 PM Caltrans: SR 70 in the Feather River Canyon remains CLOSED indefinitely between Jarbo Gap in Butte Co and the Greenville Wye in Plumas Co.

February 12, 2017 at 7:41 PM The Nevada County Fairgrounds will be opened as an emergency evacuation center. Access will be via Gate 4. RV’s are welcome and there will be space for animal evacuations as well.

February 12, 2017 at 7:38 PM Caltrans: Traffic jammed up everywhere in Yuba City and Marysville due to evacuation order. Expect major delays.

February 12, 2017 at 7:27 PM Butte County: Large animal shelter open at Camelot Equestrian Park, 1985 Clark Road for residents evacuating.

February 12, 2017 at 7:14 PM Based on latest info on releases from , here’s the Feather River forecast at Gridley. Next update as needed or 8PM.

February 12, 2017 at 7:08 PM Butte County residents should call (530) 872-5951 from a landline or cell phone for information.

February 12, 2017 at 6:51 PM City of Yuba City strongly recommends an evacuation of all residents immediately. Travel options are as follows: South on Highway 99, West on Highway 20, Highway 99 South to Highway 113, or South on George Washington to Highway 113. Do not travel Eastbound on Highway 20 or Bridge Street as the bridges are closed. Do not travel North.

February 12, 2017 at 6:49 PM Butte County: Disabled residents evacuating from Oroville who cannot get friends or family to assist, should call 9-1-1 for an ambulance.

February 12, 2017 at 6:46 PM The Glenn County Sheriff is opening an emergency evacuation shelter in Orland at the Glenn County Fairgrounds at 7:30 PM tonight. Address: 221 E Yolo St.

February 12, 2017 at 6:41 PM Per CHP Grass Valley: SR-49 north of Nevada City has been re-opened. The single lane has been reinforced and traffic controls are in place.

February 12, 2017 at 6:38 PM Per Foothill Fire in Brownsville: An evacuation center is being opened at the Alcouffe Center in Oregon House. It is located at 9185 Marysville Road.

February 12, 2017 at 6:25 PM Based on information received from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the incident command team managing Lake Oroville, counties and cities near Lake Oroville and the surrounding area issued evacuation orders for residents.  The concern is that erosion at the head of the auxiliary spillway threatens to undermine the concrete weir and allow large, uncontrolled releases of water from Lake Oroville.  Those potential flows could exceed the capacity of downstream channels. To avert more erosion at the top of the auxiliary spillway, DWR doubled the flow down its main spillway from 55,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 100,000 cfs.  The next several hours will be crucial in determining whether the concrete structure at the head of the auxiliary spillway remains intact and prevents larger, uncontrolled flows. Current flows are contained with downstream channels. Flow over the auxiliary spillway weir began Saturday morning and has slowed considerably.  DWR officials expect that flow to stop entirely soon, which will reduce the erosion on the downstream side of the structure. Oroville Dam itself is sound and is a separate structure from the auxiliary spillway.

February 12, 2017 at 6:22 PM Butte County Sheriff: The Lake Oroville Dam Auxiliary Spillway structure has suffered potentially catastrophic damage as a result of erosion secondary to water flow. This damage could result in catastrophic failure of the Auxiliary Spillway. The California Department of Water Resources has increased exhaust water flow from the Gated Spillway to 100,000 cfs in an attempt to decrease Lake Oroville water levels. This effort is an attempt to reduce flow from the Auxiliary Spillway. As an additional measure, helicopters will be depositing rock filled containers to strengthen the potential failure point. This development caused the Butte County Sheriff, Kory L. Honea, to order the mandatory evacuation of the City of Oroville, south to the Butte County Line. Residents are advised to evacuate north to the City of Chico. An evacuation shelter has been established at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. The Sheriff, in an effort to safe guard residents of Butte County, had no choice but to make the decision to require this mandatory order.

February 12, 2017 at 6:17 PM Sutter County OEM immediate evacuation ordered for Live Oak, Yuba City, Nicolaus & all communities Feather River Yuba City basin. Evacuate West on Hwy 20 and/or South on Hwy 99 and Hwy 70 toward Sacramento

February 12, 2017 at 6:08 PM NWS Sacramento: Oroville Dam itself is not compromised at current time. Failure would be aux spillway.

February 12, 2017 at 6:08 PM Evacuation for Yuba includes Hallwood, Marysville, Olivehurst/Linda and Plumas Lake due to potential failure of Oroville Dam spillway.

February 12, 2017 at 5:57 PM Per CAL FIRE: Mandatory Evacuation order is for Oroville to the Sutter County line.

February 12, 2017 at 5:48 PM Per Marysville PD: An emergency evacuation of the City of Marysville and Yuba County has been issued.

February 12, 2017 at 5:42 PM Butte County: Residents evacuating Oroville can bring small animals to the shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico.

February 12, 2017 at 5:33 PM Yuba County Office of Emergency Services· ALERT-ALERT-ALERT — Yes, an evacuation has been ordered. All of Yuba County on the valley floor. The auxiliary spillway is close to failing. Please travel safely. Contact family and friends. Help the elderly. Take only routes to the east, south, or west. DO NOT TRAVEL NORTH TOWARD OROVILLE!!!!!

February 12, 2017 at 5:28 PM The Public Information Line for the #OrovilleSpillway is currently down while call takers evacuate. Line will be back up shortly.

February 12, 2017 at 5:09 PM Residents evacuating #Oroville area should be aware Nelson Avenue is closed at Table Mountain Blvd. due to ongoing road construction.

February 12, 2017 at 4:56 PM Failure of Auxiliary Spillway at Oroville Dam Imminent – Evacuations Ordered. This is NOT a drill! Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered. Evacuation shelter for residents evacuated from #Oroville located at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. 2357 Fair St, Chico .

February 12, 2017 at 9:52 AM The Arc of the Weather Bends Towards the Wet – Again. Dry weather will dominate through Tuesday, then another warm and wet storm will arrive across the region Wednesday into Thursday. Showery conditions dominate Friday and Saturday as a colder low pressure area moves inland over Central California with lower snow levels. River levels will rise and continue to pose problems late this week and into early next week due to more weather system, but lower snow levels may limit flooding impacts.

February 12, 2017 at 9:05 AM Update on Damage to the Oroville Spillway. At 6:00 am, inflow to the lake decreased to 52,700 cfs. Flows from the gated spillway remain unchanged at 55,000 cfs. Flows over the auxiliary spillway peaked at 1:00 AM this morning at 12,600 cfs and are decreasing. Lake elevation levels are trending down.

February 12, 2017 at 8:59 AM Flood damage update: Bernice Drive in Grass Valley is now closed at North Church Street.

Thanks to reader Jessica for the heads up and the photo.

February 12, 2017 at 8:24 AM A report of two horses in the roadway about 3 miles in to Newtown Road in Nevada City. Use caution in the area.

Newtown Road is part of the detour route for the closure on Hwy 49 between Nevada City and North San Juan. The full closure is still in place, no estimated time of reopening.

February 11, 2017 at 2:13 PM Saturated soils: Tree across the roadway on Tyler Foote Road in North San Juan just past Mother Truckers.

Thanks to reader Delia for the photo. NSJ Fire en route, of course.

February 11, 2017 at 12:33 PM Caltrans Update:I-80 westbound has reopened to all traffic. Take it slow and be safe.

February 11, 2017 at 12:26 PM 4-car collision on Hwy 49 near Pingree Road. Medics are on scene, reporting at least one injury.

February 11, 2017 at 11:03 AM Accident on Hwy 20 at Rough&Ready Hwy. Unknown injuries, emergency services en route.

February 11, 2017 at 10:36 AM Caltrans: Update: I-80 eastbound 2 lanes open and traffic is bumper to bumper. Westbound I-80 could open by 1pm today due to the mudslide at Baxter.

February 11, 2017 at 10:31 AM Non-injury traffic collision on the Nevada City Hwy at Banner Lava Cap Road.

February 11, 2017 at 10:25 AM Nevada County Fire JOA crews will be training on Old Auburn Rd over Wolf Creek this morning. Please use caution in the area and watch out for crews on the road

February 11, 2017 at 10:16 AM According to DWR: Flow over auxiliary spillway between 6,000 and 12,000 cfs on Oroway Dam. No danger to dam or people.

February 11, 2017 at 9:22 AM A much needed break from the rain, but flooding/mudslide concerns remain. Dry weather returns to NorCal and will continue through Tuesday. Patchy fog possible in the overnight and early morning hours. Keep in mind that river and stream levels are still elevated, and that soils are still saturated which could cause additional downed trees or landslides. Confidence increasing that another atmospheric will arrive on Wednesday with precipitation continuing into next weekend. Snow levels expected to go below pass levels to impact mountain travel. Confidence on details in the long term is not solid, yet, so stay tuned to updates.

February 11, 2017 at 9:06 AM I-80 westbound remains closed at this time. Eastbound has one lane open.

February 11, 2017 at 9:04 AM Water is flowing over emergency spillway at Oroville. Per Butte county Sheriff: Despite rumors, no evacuations have been issued.

February 11, 2017 at 12:32 AM Vehicle accident, car into the ditch on Oak Tree Road near Hwy 49. Driver possibly still in the car, emergency services en route.

February 10, 2017 at 11:00 PM Caltrans: I-80 EB open to vehicles single file. Truckers will be allowed after 2 am. Single file due to mudslide at Baxter. Westbound I-80 remains closed.

February 10, 2017 at 8:29 PM Thanks to Camille Beatrice for the Edwards Crossing update. “The slide has been cleared on the town side, spring creek is starting to carve a nice path in the road and you have to drive through it but the truck got through no problem, still only a few inches deep. The latest problem, however, is a small semi truck that attempted to get through from the Ridge, made it all the way down to Edwards and across the bridge (by the way, what is the weight limit on the bridge?) And didn’t make one of those steep, sharp turns coming up from the river. The cab is still on the road, the trailer is mostly down the embankment. It is a little tight, but there is still room to drive around it.”

February 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM Report of a mudslide blocking Pike City Road on the San Juan Ridge.

Hwy 49 as seen from the Broad Street overpass in Nevada City at 6:20 pm. Photo YubaNet

February 10, 2017 at 7:12 PM Traffic is at a quasi standstill eastbound on Hwy 49 in the Grass Valley and especially Nevada City area due to the I-80 closure. Caltrans and emergency contractor crews are working to clear the roadway of the mudslide which is eight feet deep in areas, full of downed trees, and approximately 250 feet long. It is anticipated that the eastbound lanes will be opened first with limited lanes available. However, there is no estimated time of opening and it is likely that the roadway will be impacted through the weekend of February 11-12. While clear weather is forecast for Saturday and Sunday, rain continues to fall this afternoon in the slide area which is impacting clean-up efforts.

Adding insult to injury, in El Dorado County Hwy 50 has eastbound lanes closed at Sly Park and westbound lanes closed at Meyers due to a mud slide. There is no estimated time of opening. A detour is not provided.

Photo courtesy Nevada County Public Works

February 10, 2017 at 3:53 PM Nevada County Roads: Status Update. The Nevada County Public Works Department graciously responded to our request for a run-down of current issues. Crews have been working around the clock to clear and repair the roadways. These issues are in addition to the Hwy 49 and now I-80 closures.

February 10, 2017 at 2:54 PM Traffic is basically at a standstill on Hwy 49 at the 49/20 split in Nevada City because of the I-80 closure.  Caltrans reports: Westbound passenger vehicles are currently being allowed to detour onto Highway 20 at Yuba Pass. Eastbound vehicles are being allowed to access Highway 20 via Highway 174 and Highway 49 as well as from Highway 70 in Marysville. Extreme traffic congestion is currently occuring in the towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City as motorists attempt to bypass the closure. Trucks are being turned at the Nevada state line with eastbound trucks turned at Applegate. Only emergency vehicles, fuel, mail and livestock trucks are being allowed to use the detour routes.

Photo CHP Gold Run

February 10, 2017 at 10:54 AM I-80 mudslide sends mud and trees across all lanes at Baxter. Hwy 20 open to cars. Trucks being turned back. No ETO. Per CHP Gold Run:

I-80 is closed due to a mud slide.

Westbound is closed at SR-20.
Eastbound is closed at Colfax.

The slide is I-80 westbound, east of the 4000′ sign.

We are currently turning all truck traffic in Truckee.

Cars are being allowed to SR-20 and taking a detour through Nevada City to SR-49 to Auburn.

Expect significant delays.

February 10, 2017 at 8:59 AM Thanks to Reader Michael for this update in North Bloomfield Road, the Nevada City side this time. The road is blocked with a mud and rockslide as of 7:30 this morning. County crews will be on scene, but at this time no estimated time of reopening is available.

February 10, 2017 at 7:48 AM Hwy 49 between Nevada City and North San Juan remains closed at this time. The suggested detour routes have been reduced to Pleasant Valley Road only, reports of North Bloomfield Road being impassable near Edwards Crossing.

February 10, 2017 at 7:34 AM Showers today, then a break in the wet weather. The last in a series of wet Pacific storms will pass through northern California today. Showers will linger over the Sierra with a few showers or thunderstorms possible in the valley. These showers will end quickly early Saturday with a mainly dry weekend ahead. Daytime highs will be a little above normal.

February 9, 2017 at 10:40 PM A tree into the power lines on Fay Road across from Rainbow Road in Alta Sierra. PG&E repair crew is on-site working to restore power. Estimated time of restoration is 2 am.

February 9, 2017 at 9:35 PM Tree in the roadway on McCourtney Road on the 21900 block. CAL FIRE, PG&E and Public Works on scene.

February 9, 2017 at 7:41 PM Report of flooding and debris slides on North Bloomfield Road on the North San Juan side. Thanks to reader Patrick for the heads up.

February 9, 2017 at 6:37 PM Traffic on Hwy 49 in Auburn at Lorenson is at a standstill after an accident with a vehicle fire. Fire is extinguished, emergency services on scene.

February 9, 2017 at 4:51 PM Slippage of the roadway on Brunswick Road near the Greenhorn intersection has prompted Public Works to block off a portion of the road. It is not a sinkhole, just slippage of the road. Crews are on site and traffic control is in place. Reduce speed and be prepared for delays. Thanks to reader Keith for the heads up.

February 9, 2017 at 4:39 PM The latest from Caltrans: Slip Out Closes Highway 49 North of Nevada City. Emergency work to stabilize the roadway is in progress and repair work is estimated to take up to 6 weeks. Weather and further damage to the roadway may affect construction times.

February 9, 2017 at 3:35 PM Bowman Lake Road is inaccessible at this time due to numerous downed trees and boulders. Closure signs going up shortly at Hwy 20.

February 9, 2017 at 2:47 PM Vehicle into and over the ditch, approximately 20 ft off the side on Hwy 49 eastbound near the Gold Flat exit. No injuries reported. Thanks to reader Ken for the photo.

February 9, 2017 at 2:15 PM Tweet by the Chico ER photographer. No comment from DWR yet.

February 9, 2017 at 1:36 PM  A car onto the pedestrian rail at the BofA in Brunswick.Thanks to reader Ken for sending us the picture.

February 9, 2017 at 1:01 PM Tree into power lines on Scotts Flat Road at Scotts Flat Dam Road. Public Works on scene, PG&E en route.

February 9, 2017 at 12:53 PM Purdon Road between Nevada City and North San Juan has numerous mud and rockslides, with some downed trees – mostly on the North San Juan side. Not a good alternate route to avoid the Hwy 49 closure, according to reader Jim.

Photo courtesy CHP Grass Valley

February 9, 2017 at 12:48 PM  Caltrans is dispatching an emergency contractor to the slip-out on Hwy 49 between Nevada City and North San Juan. A traffic light will be installed hopefully by tomorrow and one-way controlled traffic could resume. Be prepared for extensive delays. The repair work, depending on the extent of the damage, is likely to last until mid-March.

February 9, 2017 at 12:23 PM Detours for the closed portion of Hwy 49 between Nevada City and North San Juan: Pleasant Valley Road or North Bloomfield. Nevada County Public Works is closely monitoring these roads and urges caution and reduced speed.

February 9, 2017 at 11:04 AM CHP Grass Valley has released more photos of the collapse on Hwy 49.

February 9, 2017 at 9:46 AM Low hanging oak over the roadway on Tyler Foote Road approximately 150 ft from Hwy 49. The tree is now at at 45 degree angle, approximately 14 ft over the road. County Public Works has been notified.

Caltrans photo

February 9, 2017 at 9:40 AM Slip-outs on the NSJ side, mud and rock slides on the NC side. Hwy 49 is closed in both direction for now.

Pleasant Valley Road is reported to be clear at this time, use it as a detour but watch for hazards.

Caltrans photo of one of the slip-outs.

As a reminder, State Parks has closed the 49’er bridge parking lot and access to the bridge because of a massive landslide. The whole area is very unstable, please do not attempt to get to the river or the bridge – for your own safety.

February 9, 2017 at 9:32 AM Wind advisory in effect until 4:00 pm this afternoon. Strong winds in the northern Sacramento valley and surrounding mountains early this morning. Stronger winds spreading southward to the southern Sacramento valley by mid morning.

February 9, 2017 at 9:21 AM A Flood Warning remains in effect until 9:15 AM Saturday for Colusa, Yolo, Sutter, Solano, Plumas, Alpine, Placer, Shasta, Lassen, Amador, Tuolumne, Sacramento, Lake, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, El Dorado, Calaveras, Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Sierra, Yuba and Nevada Counties.

February 9, 2017 at 8:41 AM Hwy 49 is closed from Newtown Road in Nevada City to Tyler Foote Road on the San Juan Ridge. There is no estimated time of reopening.Use Pleasant Valley Road as a detour.

February 9, 2017 at 12:38 AM I-80 westbound is closed at the stateline due to a mudslide. CHP Truckee and several tow trucks are trying to get cars stuck in the mud moving again. No injuries reported, no estimated time of reopening yet.

February 9, 2017 at 12:12 AM Moderate to heavy precipitation through Friday. Moderate to heavy precipitation with areas of breezy to windy conditions will continue this week as a series of Pacific storms affect the region. Flooding concerns will continue. Drier weather returns for the weekend.

February 8, 2017 at 6:11 PM From Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Funk: The Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Administration Office experienced a failure in its non-emergency business phone system earlier this afternoon. AT&T representatives are currently troubleshooting the system and hope to have it repaired shortly. 911 Emergency calls have not been impacted and are still operating normally. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

February 8, 2017 at 2:43 PM CHP: In Nevada County Hwy 49- post mile 21.87(south fork Yuba River Bridge) to post mile 22.70 (South Fork to the end on sidehill viaduct)is reduced to one way traffic control due to mud slide. There is no estimated time of opening and no detour available. Expect delays.

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February 8, 2017 at 2:09 PM Reported mudslide on Hwy 49 near Oak Tree Road. In Nevada County Hwy 49 at post mile 30.01 the northbound lane is blocked by a slide. No estimated time of opening.

February 8, 2017 at 11:42 AM Information forwarded by Nevada County Supervisor Richard Anderson: Heads up for the Town of Washington, by Paul Rose of Rose Water System Management, LLC.  Bowman Reservoir is expected to reach spill stage between 8 p.m.-10 p.m. today. He estimates that between 2000-2500 CFS will be heading down Canyon Creek, not including what naturally will be contributing to the creek. Jerry thought that it may be Tuesday or Wednesday before things calm down.  It looks like we are headed for an event similar to what we experienced last month. We did make some temporary strengthening to the pipe coming out of the collection box at the dam. Our hope is that it will prevent movement of the pipe but, there is about 40 feet of pipe that is exposed to the water and any rock or debris coming down the creek.

February 8, 2017 at 11:17 AM Just to reassure everyone: North Bloomfield Road outside of Nevada City is fully open at this time.

February 8, 2017 at 11:14 AM Caltrans: 1-way traffic controls on Hwy 49 at the South Yuba River due to major mud slide.

February 8, 2017 at 10:23 AM Hwy 49 between Nevada City and the South Yuba bridge is one lane controlled traffic for slide removal. Now, reader Ron also reports: 49 between North San Juan and the South Yuba crossing is one lane. River side (south bound) lane is cracking.

February 8, 2017 at 10:15 AM National Weather Service in Sacramento just tweeted this:

February 8, 2017 at 9:30 AM Another round of strong winds likely on Thursday.

February 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM A broken power pole on Dandee Hill off You Bet Road is affecting 13 PG&E customers. Replacement and repair estimated to be complete by 5:00 pm today.

February 8, 2017 at 7:59 AM Outage on Meadow View Drive in Peardale is caused by a tree into the power lines. PG&E is sending a repair crew to the outage location, estimated time of restoration is 8:00 pm tonight.

February 8, 2017 at 7:56 AM Power outage affecting 54 homes along Excelsior Ditch Camp Road outside of Nevada City is caused by a downed power line. Repair crews are trying to make access and fix the line by 5:00 pm today.

February 8, 2017 at 7:40 AM More rain, more wind, more flooding.  Showery weather will continue today, then another warm and wet storm will arrive on Thursday. That will bring the highest threat for flooding. Hit-or-miss showers are expected on Friday. Mountain snow will be possible on Friday.

February 7, 2017 at 10:58 PM Hwy 49 between Nevada City and North San Juan is open at this time. Mud and runoff make for a very slick roadway. Slow down!

February 7, 2017 at 4:42 PM From Yuba County OES: Simpson Lane will open at 5 p.m. today for commuters. However, it will close again at 8 p.m.  The Yuba River did not rise Tuesday as quickly as was forecasted, but it will inundate the area along the Yuba River at Simpson Lane late Tuesday night.  Simpson Lane will not be open for Wednesday’s commute. Local public safety officials will continue to evaluate river levels to determine when road can reopen.

February 7, 2017 at 3:33 PM Sinkhole in Nevada City grows, flooding once again damages Lefty’s restaurant – video. During the January storms, a sinkhole opened up in the Stonehouse parking lot. Deer Creek and Little Deer Creek flooded the intersection of Nevada, Boulder, Sacramento and Broad Streets and caused huge damage to Lefty’s Restaurant. With repairs almost completed, last night’s rain dashed the hopes of a quick reopening of the popular eatery.

Photo courtesy Royce Hays

February 7, 2017 at 3:19 PM Access to the old 49’er bridge and the parking lot adjacent to the State Park is now closed to all vehicles and pedestrians. Independence Trail is also compromised and will remain closed.

February 7, 2017 at 3:18 PM North Bloomfield is now projected to reopen at 5pm today!

February 7, 2017 at 3:08 PM Both PG&E and AT&T crews are working to restore power and connectivity on North Bloomfield Road. County Public Works is on scene and re-routing traffic through Cooper Road. No estimated time of reopening yet.

February 7, 2017 at 10:45 AM Rock slide across all lanes on Rollins Lake Road, westbound near You Bet Road. Use caution in the area.

February 7, 2017 at 10:28 AM Boreal Ski Resort is closing at 3 pm today, due to heavy rain and wind.

February 7, 2017 at 10:14 AM Hwy 49 between Nevada City and North San Juan: Flagging and one-way controlled traffic from Shoshoni Trail to Garesio Ranch Road due to slide removal. Expect delays until 6pm tonight.

February 7, 2017 at 9:44 AM Caltrans: Highway 50 one-way traffic control from 2 miles east of Ice House Rd to approximately 5 miles east of Ice House Rd due to mud slide.

February 7, 2017 at 9:43 AM The roadway is completely flooded on Rosewood Road near Combie Road in the Higgins area.

February 7, 2017 at 9:42 AM Thanks to reader Deni for the alternate routes to get out from North Bloomfield, which is still closed at Coyote Street due to a tree and a power pole in the roadway: 3 SUVs went up Blue Tent School Road to Cooper Road to Conservation Road to Hwy 20 and down to Nevada City. (Cooper Road from N. Bloomfield is closed due to flooding.) Do NOT use Honeysuckle Road, it is a private and narrow road.

February 7, 2017 at 9:29 AM Another large rockslide reported on Hwy 49, just north of the South Yuba bridge between Nevada City and North San Juan. At this time, there is no estimated time of reopening.

February 7, 2017 at 9:18 AM Major roadway flooding on Bitney Springs Road, according to reader Jeffrey. Take it slow!

February 7, 2017 at 9:04 AM Report of a tree down in the Hwy 20 off ramp to Mill Street in Grass Valley, according to reader Philip.

February 7, 2017 at 8:59 AM Southbound lane of Hwy 49 is blocked by a mud and rock slide between Marysville Road and Camptonville Road in Camptonville.

February 7, 2017 at 8:31 AM Hwy 20 is closed from Nevada City to the junction of I-80 due to severe flooding. No estimated time of reopening.

February 7, 2017 at 8:28 AM The forecast precipitation until Friday is impressive, to say the least.

February 7, 2017 at 8:07 AM Blue Canyon Road is blocked by a snow and mud slide. No access to I-80 from the bottom of Blue Canyon Road.

February 7, 2017 at 8:04 AM Hwy 49 at Indian Flat Road is flooded, just past the Rood Center in Nevada City.

February 7, 2017 at 8:00 AM Thanks to reader Nels Nelson for the photo of the slide before Independence Trail on Hwy 49.

February 7, 2017 at 7:49 AM Heavy rains and winds today and Thursday. The two warm and wet storms are expected Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Showery weather will occur on Wednesday and Friday.

February 7, 2017 at 7:46 AM North Bloomfield Road is closed at Coyote Street due to a downed tree and a power pole.

February 7, 2017 at 7:44 AM Major roadway flooding reported on Hwy 174 between Meadow View and Laws Ranch Cross Road in the Peardale area. Use extreme caution in the area.

February 7, 2017 at 7:40 AM Mud and rock slide on Hwy 49 at the 49’er bridge on the South Yuba. Lanes toward North San Juan are blocked. Use Pleasant Valley Road as a detour.

February 7, 2017 at 7:33 AM Report of a residential structure fire on Nimrod Street in Nevada City, engines on scene report no flames seen but a slight smell of gas. Incoming units are being canceled.

February 7, 2017 at 7:24 AM A tree is blocking the northbound lane on McCourtney Road at Chukar Drive in Grass Valley.

February 7, 2017 at 7:09 AM Power outage affecting 105 customers on Indian Springs Road and Long Valley Road in Penn Valley.

February 7, 2017 at 7:04 AM Tree into the power lines, road is blocked on North Bloomfield near Bush Road in Nevada City. Use Rock Creek Road as an alternate route. PG&E crews are on scene.

February 6, 2017 at 10:22 PM Tree into the power lines and blocking the roadway on Martinsburg Lane in Penn Valley. Possibly live power lines on the ground. Emergency services en route.

February 6, 2017 at 10:20 PM Large rock in the roadway, close the 49’er Bridge and Heron Road on Hwy 49 between Nevada City and North San Juan.

February 6, 2017 at 10:00 PM Power outage affecting 3,380 homes in the Lake Wildwood to Newtown Road area. A smaller outage, affecting 47 homes in the Squirrel Creek area of Penn Valley. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

February 6, 2017 at 9:17 AM This is Hwy 80 at Donner Lake right now. Postpone travel if you can.

February 6, 2017 at 8:16 AM Storms continue through the week. Two warm and potentially very wet storms are forecast to impact Northern California this week. These weather systems will bring renewed flood concerns along unregulated rivers (for instance, the Cosumnes), low-lying and poor drainage areas. Additionally, high water levels will continue to put pressure on the levee system.

February 5, 2017 at 8:35 PM Overturned pickup, unknown injuries, on Pleasant Valley Road at the Bridgeport Parking on the north side of the South Yuba river.

February 5, 2017 at 8:30 PM Gusty winds and heavy rain and snow overnight – more storms on tap. Series of storms across the Pacific will bring periods of moderate to heavy rain and mountain snow, and strong gusty winds to Interior Northern California beginning this evening and continuing through the week.

February 5, 2017 at 3:12 PM Vehicle over the embankment on Hwy 20 near Oak Tree Road in North San Juan. Vehicle debris in the roadway, emergency services en route.

February 5, 2017 at 11:28 AM Yuba River at Marysville: A change in flood category has been forecasted. Previous Forecasted flood stage was: No Flooding, New Forecasted flood stage is: Near Flood Stage Forecasted 48 hour crest: 74.0 ft.

February 4, 2017 at 11:03 AM Traffic hazard on Meadow Drive off Hwy 174.

February 4, 2017 at 7:37 AM Parade of Winter Storms Continues Next Week. Moist air mass will keep a threat of showers this weekend, mainly over the mountains. Most Central Valley locations will likely see little, if any, rainfall as showers will be scattered today and less likely Sunday. Next Pacific storm impacts Interior Northern California Sunday night and Monday with strong wind and heavy mountain precipitation.

February 3, 2017 at 4:18 PM Hwy 49 has fully reopened after a rock and mudslide was cleaned up near Nishinam Gulch.

February 3, 2017 at 2:31 PM Mud and rock slide on Hwy 49 at Nishinam Gulch Road before the 49’er bridge. Expect delays.

February 3, 2017 at 2:15 PM NWS Sacramento continues the wind advisory until 10 pm tonight. A weather system moving through the north state today will bring gusty southerly winds through this evening. These winds when combined with rain and soggy soil could topple some weakened trees or break tree limbs causing damage or localized power outages. Loose outdoor objects should be secured. Lighter winds Saturday may be followed by another round of stronger winds late Sunday.

February 3, 2017 at 1:39 PM Possible hit and run on Larkspur Lane near McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, CHP en route.

February 3, 2017 at 12:49 PM Greenhorn Road just opened again, according to reader Cathy who was kind enough to call and let us know. Thanks to Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Dept. PIO Daniel Ramey for the photo.

February 3, 2017 at 12:39 PM Power outage for 21 homes reported on Lightning Tree Road, east of Nevada City near the Washington Ridge Camp.

February 3, 2017 at 12:36 PM Estimated time of power restoration for 112 customers in the Greenhorn Road area is 4:30 pm.

February 3, 2017 at 11:50 AM Update on the tree in the roadway on Greenhorn Road. The tree cannot be removed until the power lines are secured and repaired. Hard closure on Greenhorn at Anchor Lane for at least two hours. The power outage is affecting 112 people.

Photo courtesy Justin Wood

February 3, 2017 at 10:36 AM Tree down into power lines and across Greenhorn Rd at Leaf Ln. Roadway blocked, as seen in this photo by reader Justin.

February 3, 2017 at 10:34 AM Car blocking a lane on Combie Road near Hwy 49 in Lake of the Pines.

February 3, 2017 at 10:05 AM Roadway flooding reported on Hwy 174 at Brunswick Drive. Use caution and don’t drive through flooded areas!

February 3, 2017 at 8:14 AM Utility truck vs tree on Dog Bar Road, 2 miles south of Alta Sierra Drive.

February 3, 2017 at 7:49 AM Armed suspect shot by PCSO deputies near Squaw Valley. Highway 89 will remain closed between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows for a significant time while the investigation is conducted.

February 3, 2017 at 7:41 AM Heavy precip, thunderstorms and gusty winds possible today – unstable weather pattern continues. Wet pattern with rain and mountain snow into Saturday. Gusty winds today. Showers Saturday will be followed by another round of heavier precipitation late Sunday. Wet pattern continuing through next week.

February 2, 2017 at 10:44 PM Latest update from NWS Sacramento: Precipitation is expected to increase starting towards midnight and expand in coverage overnight. The front is expected to move through the valley Friday morning. Strong wind shear develops by morning throughout the central valley and instability is increasing starting early in the day after 4 am. The strongest wind shear is over the north end of the valley. If any organized thunderstorms can get going some tornadoes would be possible or even a gustnado could form along any organized boundary layer even as the front moves through during the morning. The probability at this time for organized thunderstorms to form remains low.

February 2, 2017 at 5:31 PM Spin-out accident on southbound Hwy 49 near the Bennett Street off ramp. Use caution in the area., slow lane is blocked.

February 2, 2017 at 2:34 PM Solo vehicle accident on Rough&Ready highway near Nies Cliff Lane. Vehicle up an embankment, driver is out of the car. Use caution in the erea, oil on the roadway.

February 2, 2017 at 2:33 PM Wimbledon Incident Commander reports knockdown on the fire, all resources at scene will be committed for several hours for overhaul and mop-up. The building was unoccupied.

February 2, 2017 at 2:13 PM Residential structure fire on Wimbledon Drive in Auburn, reported as flames visible and smoke showing. Numerous engines en route.

February 2, 2017 at 1:53 PM Accident, minor injures reported, on the 13000 block of La Barr Meadows Road near Dog Bar Road. Emergency services on scene.

February 2, 2017 at 1:38 PM Vehicle accident, with driver trapped, on southbound Hey 49 1/2 mile past the Empire Street on ramp. Emergency services on scene, use caution in the area.

February 2, 2017 at 12:56 PM Fire engine into a ditch on Stanley Drive in Auburn, some fuel spilling. Emergency services en route.

February 2, 2017 at 11:16 AM Record Rain and Snow Ease Drought – The “Bucket” Needs More Filling Though. Precipitation totals are above average, drought monitor maps have faded from ominous blood red shades to innocuous transparency. But, we are not quite there yet when it comes to making up the water deficit caused by four years of drought.

February 2, 2017 at 10:26 AM Caltrans: Chain controls lifted on I-80. Roadways still slippery! Slow Down & follow Winter driving tips.

February 2, 2017 at 9:26 AM Here’s a summary of our Winter Storm Warning & Wind Advisory for interior NorCal with this current storm.

February 2, 2017 at 7:51 AM Units on scene at Hidden Valley can handle, canceling all other incoming units. Engine crew is clearing smoke from the house, no active fire.

February 2, 2017 at 7:38 AM Additional water engine dispatched to the structure fire on Hidden Valley Road.

February 2, 2017 at 7:35 AM Residential structure fire reported on Hidden Valley Road in Grass Valley, smoke in the house. Units en route.

February 2, 2017 at 7:32 AM An unspecified traffic hazard is being reported on the Gold Flat on ramp to northbound Hwy 49 in Nevada City.

February 2, 2017 at 6:42 AM Weather systems line up: Moderate rain, snow and occasional gusty winds expected. A wet pattern returns to northern California as a series of weather systems line up over the Pacific. Moderate rain, snow and occasional gusty winds are expected over the next several days.

February 1, 2017 at 9:40 AM From NWS Sacramento: A winter storm will bring precipitation to the area late tonight into early Saturday with the brunt of the storm occurring Thursday and Friday. Showers will linger over the mountains through early Sunday. Localized flooding possible on streams and roadways. A few feet of snow expected at pass levels which will cause hazardous mountain travel with chain controls and travel delays. Periods of breezy winds on Thursday, but latest models now show the stronger wind gusts occurring late Thursday night and Friday. These winds are not expected to be as strong as with recent storms, but could still cause weakened trees to fall. Isolated thunderstorms may occur Friday afternoon, but this will hinge on whether or not we see enough breaks in cloud cover early in the day. The wet pattern will continue Sunday night into next week with several additional storms on the way.

February 1, 2017 at 8:42 AM CHP Grass Valley: Paving in the settling area of SR-49 in Grass Valley  (near sinkhole) will begin at 9:00AM. Expect delays.

February 1, 2017 at 6:53 AM Wet, windy and snowy weekend – and beyond. A winter storm will bring widespread precipitation to the area tonight into early Saturday. A few showers will linger over the mountains through early Sunday. Several feet of snow are possible at pass levels which will make for hazardous mountain travel with chain controls and travel delays likely. Gusty winds are possible Thursday into Friday, strongest Thursday afternoon and again Friday. These winds are not expected to be as strong as with recent storms. The wet pattern may continue Sunday night into next week with several additional storms on the way.

February 1, 2017 at 6:47 AM Caltrans is alerting motorists that rock scaling operations will require daytime lane closures on Highway 49 between Newtown Road and Tyler Foote/Birchville Road north of Nevada City from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 31 through February 28, 2017.

February 1, 2017 at 6:37 AM If you are looking for last month’s log, you can find it here.

3 COMMENTS

  1. We tried Cooper but it was too difficult – muddy, full of ruts and very large holes, tall SUVs only. So we did use Honeysuckle. We didn’t know that it was a private road! I don’t mind donating to their Road Group if they have one. Does anyone know? A lot of us on the other side of the No. Bloomfield closure have been using Honeysuckle…

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