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February 28, 2018 at 9:40 PM Chain controls on Hwy 20, from 6 miles east of Nevada City to the junction of I-80. Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).
February 28, 2018 at 7:10 PM Breezy winds ahead of the storm have arrived in the Foothills. Light rain in the lower elevations and snow flurries over the Sierra summits.
February 28, 2018 at 2:28 PM Very heavy traffic on eastbound I-80 between Newcastle and Auburn. One solo vehicle accident has lanes blocked just past the Newcastle exit. Emergency services and tow trucks on scene, roadway should be clear in about 10 minutes. Avoid the area if possible and take Ophir Road as an alternative.
February 28, 2018 at 10:14 AM Just in case you need it: Winter storm checklist and resources
February 28, 2018 at 7:48 AM Winter Storm Warning from 4 PM this afternoon to 10 PM Saturday. A Winter Storm Warning will go into effect Wednesday afternoon continuing into Saturday. Travel will be extremely hazardous while the warning is effect and is highly discouraged. A strong Pacific frontal system will bring gusty wind as it moves through northern California over the next few days. The strongest winds are expected just ahead of the front on Thursday.
February 27, 2018 at 10:02 AM The roadway is now clear on Meadow Drive in Peardale.
February 27, 2018 at 9:09 AM No injuries reported at a school bus accident on Meadow Drive and Orzalli. The bus slid into a tree and a fence post. Peardale Chicago Park FD and other emergency services are on scene.
February 27, 2018 at 9:09 AM Several accidents in the Cascade Shore sarea, including a low boy trailer parked on Pasquale Road that has been hit by several vehicles.
February 27, 2018 at 7:32 AM Dry and breezy today, Winter Storm Watch from Wednesday evening through Saturday morning. Breezy north winds across the region today. Temperatures will be a little warmer today as dry weather returns.
February 27, 2018 at 7:07 AM Very icy conditions on Red Dog Rd / Quaker Hill Cross Road in Nevada City. Reduce speed and use extreme caution.
February 26, 2018 at 7:17 PM Chain control on Hwy 20, just past the 5 Mile House. Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).
February 26, 2018 at 7:07 PM Hwy 20 is shut down in both directions after an accident near White Cloud. Two cars off the embankment, the highway is shut down to recover the vehicles.
February 26, 2018 at 6:54 PM Tow truck into a house on the 12000 block of Alta Sierra Drive. Emergency services on scene.
February 26, 2018 at 6:15 PM Per Truckee Police: Traffic on Eastbound Interstate 80 is currently being held due to spin-outs which increases the traffic in town. Please avoid unnecessary driving, and if you must drive, be sure your vehicle is properly equipped for the conditions. This includes proper chains or cables, or four wheel drive vehicles with snow tires. Remember to slow way down for downhills, turns, curves, and approaching stops. Due to the recent snow and below freezing temperatures, the roadways in Truckee remain icy and very slick. The Truckee Police Department continues to respond to traffic collisions and stranded motorists. Please be alert for disabled vehicles, tow trucks, snow removal equipment and emergency vehicles and personnel on our roadways.
February 26, 2018 at 3:52 PM At this time, Hwy 49 is clear between Auburn and Grass Valley.
February 26, 2018 at 3:38 PM Chain controls have been dropped on Interstate 80, but roads are still slick. Please drive at safe speeds for the conditions.
February 26, 2018 at 12:09 PM Power outage affecting 146 homes along Idaho-Maryland Road between Lee Lane and almost down to Brunswick Road. PG&E crew en route.
February 26, 2018 at 11:30 AM As of 10:30, Gold Country Stage is running normal routes and times after morning delays. Snow fall could affect service. Please plan travels accordingly and check for updates.
February 26, 2018 at 11:04 AM FYI: County staff is standing by to assist Nevada City with a warming shelter. The city has not yet determined a location.
February 26, 2018 at 11:03 AM Traffic hazard on Pasquale Road down to Cascade Shores. Take it slow or better yet, stay home if you can.
February 26, 2018 at 10:29 AM Two car accident on Hwy 49 at West Empire Street, emergency services are on scene. No injuries reported.
February 26, 2018 at 9:47 AM 21 homes out of power on Daisy Blue Mine Road off Cement Hill in Nevada City. PG&E assessment crew is en route to the outage.
February 26, 2018 at 9:45 AM 207 homes out of power on Rollins Lake Road and up to Secret Town and Haul Road. PG&E assessment crew is en route to the outage.
February 26, 2018 at 9:44 AM 28 homes out of power on American Hill Road and Champion Mine Road in Nevada City. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.
February 26, 2018 at 9:42 AM 155 homes out of power on Rock Creek Road and Rector Road near Lake Vera, PG&E crews en route.
February 26, 2018 at 9:15 AM Cold Wintry Storm Today, Stronger Storm Wednesday – Saturday. Active weather will continue this week with a cold, wintry storm system currently impacting the region, and a stronger one on tap later this week. The first storm system will continue to bring mountain snow through this evening, and potential for Valley thunderstorms this afternoon. The next, stronger storm system will arrive late Wednesday with precipitation continuing into Saturday. The current storm is already producing substantial snow-related impacts, and the next one likely will be even worse.
February 26, 2018 at 9:09 AM Power lines down on Harris Street near Eureka Street in Grass Valley. Emergency services en route.
February 26, 2018 at 9:05 AM Lines on North Pine Street are phone lines only, hanging about 6 ft over the roadway.
February 26, 2018 at 9:04 AM Vehicle fire, westbound I-80 at Hwy 174. Vehicle fully engulfed.
February 26, 2018 at 8:52 AM Electrical hazard, North Pine Street across of Cottage Street in Nevada City, possible power lines down.
February 26, 2018 at 8:52 AM Chain controls on I80 eastbound have dropped down to Applegate.
February 26, 2018 at 8:41 AM Tree into the roadway and power lines on Cooper Road near North Bloomfield Road in Nevada City. Lines are arcing and smoking.
February 26, 2018 at 8:40 AM Traffic signal down in the roadway on Hwy 20 across of Penn Valley Drive, power lines down.
February 26, 2018 at 8:39 AM Power outage affecting 831 homes on McCourtney Road and surrounding areas. PG&E crews en route.
February 26, 2018 at 8:37 AM Power lines down on Mosswood Lane off Hwy 174 near Greenhorn Access Road. Emergency services on scene.
February 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM Two car accident on Hwy 49 at Wellswood Way.
February 26, 2018 at 8:29 AM Vehicle into a ditch on Alta Sierra Road near Dog Bar.
February 26, 2018 at 8:24 AM Hwy 49 at a complete stop eastbound at Brunswick. Avoid the area if possible.
February 26, 2018 at 8:23 AM Power out in Alta Sierra Estates on Auburn Road approximately 3.5 miles from the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
February 26, 2018 at 8:20 AM Power lines down after vehicle accident, car under the power lines, occupants inside on Auburn Road near Godfrey Lane.
February 26, 2018 at 8:14 AM Tree hanging over the roadway on Hwy 49 at Smith Road. Cars are swerving to avoid the hazard.
February 26, 2018 at 8:13 AM Vehicle off the roadway on Bitney Springs Rd / Rough&Ready Hwy.
February 26, 2018 at 8:04 AM Power outage affecting 96 homes along Hwy 20 from Coyote Street up to Sun Ridge Court in Nevada City.
February 26, 2018 at 7:55 AM Overturned vehicle on the on ramp of I-80 at Bowman. Emergency services on scene.
February 26, 2018 at 7:54 AM Hwy 174 at Greenhorn Access Road, accident blocking the lanes.
February 26, 2018 at 7:47 AM Hwy 49 at Shoshoni Trail between the Yuba River and Nevada City, vehicle stuck in the snow.
February 26, 2018 at 7:46 AM Tree into power lines on Peardale Road near Sojourners Lane, emergency services en route.
February 26, 2018 at 7:44 AM Camptonville School is now calling a snow day.
February 26, 2018 at 6:52 AM Nevada County buildings in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee are closed today because of snow.
February 26, 2018 at 6:50 AM Snow day for Twin Ridges School District: Grizzly Hill School and Town of Washington School.
February 26, 2018 at 6:42 AM Accident on eastbound I-80 at Bowman. Vehicle spun out, two patients reported. Emergency services en route, CHP on scene.
February 26, 2018 at 6:41 AM Chain control on I-80 eastbound now at Colfax.
February 26, 2018 at 6:29 AM Bitney Prep High School is calling a snow day.
February 26, 2018 at 6:26 AM At this time, Camptonville Elementary is calling for a late start, this may change to a snow day. Stay tuned.
February 26, 2018 at 6:22 AM
The Grass Valley Elementary School District and All Programs including:
Bell Hill Academy
Margaret G. Scotten School
Lyman Gilmore Middle School
Grass Valley Charter School
Our Kids’ Place Preschool
Grass Valley Little Learners Preschool
The Before and After School Programs
Will be closed today due to snow and hazardous driving conditions.
February 26, 2018 at 6:12 AM According to our colleagues at KNCO, the following schools have declared snow days as well:
Nevada City School District
Sierra College (Day classes only. Night classes to be determined later.)
Union Hill School
February 26, 2018 at 6:06 AM Chains required on I-80 east from Cisco Grove to Truckee and westbound from Truckee to Alta. Chains required on Highway 267 from Northstar to King’s Beach.
February 26, 2018 at 6:04 AM Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas) on Hwy 174 from Memorial Park to the Y and from the Bear River Bridge to Colfax.
February 26, 2018 at 6:03 AM Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas) on Hwy 20 eastbound from the Old Five Mile House to the junction of I-80.
February 26, 2018 at 5:59 AM Nevada Union High School Superintendent Louise Johnson called to inform us it’s a snow day for the high schools.
February 25, 2018 at 8:24 PM Reported shooting on Sharon Jack Road off Hwy 49, just past Lake of the Pines. The victim has been transported, suffering from a single gunshot wound. According to NCSO dispatch this is still an active scene. CHP Helicopter is assisting NCSO and residents have been urged to stay indoors at this time. More details when we can confirm facts.
February 25, 2018 at 1:19 PM Firefighters have the fire knocked down, reporting it as good as surrounded. No threat to buildings. Resources on scene, with one additional engine and a water tender are able to handle. All others can cancel.
February 25, 2018 at 1:15 PM Firefighters have found a debris burn on Montezuma Lane, reporting a 1/2 acre fire, creeping, not running.
February 25, 2018 at 1:06 PM Reported grass fire on Montezuma Lane on the San Juan Ridge. Firefighters en route.
February 25, 2018 at 8:55 AM Wetter weather will return to Northern California this upcoming week. We are tracking 2 winter storms that will impact NorCal this upcoming week. The first will bring low elevation snow, not unlike last week’s event. The second could bring multiple feet of snow to the Sierra Nevada!
February 24, 2018 at 11:18 AM Air Attack 230 is doing proficiency training today, no fire in the area.
February 23, 2018 at 7:59 AM Active weather pattern continues into next week, cold and little precip alas. First system arrives Saturday and will bring light snow showers to the mountains. Next system arrives Monday with more widespread precipitation possible. Below normal temperatures will continue.
February 22, 2018 at 5:56 PM
#RailroadIncident [Final] E. Grass Valley Road, Colfax in Placer County. Minor Train Derailment in Colfax. Railway to reopen in 8 to 12 hours. Road is now open. All fire resources released. No damage to Colfax Infrastructure. pic.twitter.com/jiFfHLZBpQ
— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) February 23, 2018
February 22, 2018 at 4:18 PM Units on scene at East Lime Kiln report minor injuries to one patient. The roadway is clear.
February 22, 2018 at 3:58 PM Multi-vehicle accident on East Lime Kiln Road and Ariana Way in Grass Valley. Possibly one patient. Emergency services on scene.
February 22, 2018 at 2:51 PM
#Railroadincident [update] E. Grass Valley Road, city of Colfax in Placer County. Firefighters on scene of minor train derailment. No danger to the public. East Grass Valley Road is blocked by the train. Other nearby intersections are closed. pic.twitter.com/diNDskJpua
— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) February 22, 2018
February 22, 2018 at 2:44 PM Railroad crossing in Colfax will be closed for at least two hours. Use an alternate road if possible.
February 22, 2018 at 2:21 PM Placer County Sheriff’s office: Deputies are on scene of a minor train derailment in the City of Colfax. There is no danger to the public; however, East Grass Valley Road is blocked and several nearby intersections are closed.
February 22, 2018 at 2:18 PM
— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) February 22, 2018
February 22, 2018 at 1:53 PM Three cars are confirmed derailed, still upright. This is not a passenger train as initially reported, it is a 114-car freight train. No hazardous materials in the derailed cars, per the Incident Commander.
February 22, 2018 at 1:37 PM Reports of an Amtrak train derailment in Colfax. Three cars derailed, still upright. Numerous emergency services are responding. Unknown status of passengers.
February 22, 2018 at 10:37 AM NCSO has identified the alleged burglar in this morning’s shooting incident.
February 22, 2018 at 9:44 AM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Hwy 174 near Old Grass Valley Road. Emergency services en route.
February 22, 2018 at 9:22 AM Wolf Road from Duggans to Steele is closed after a pole came down in the roadway. Grass Valley Police is on scene to provide traffic control.
February 22, 2018 at 7:49 AM CHP’s H-20 was used as an air ambulance as the regular providers are unable to fly in the current weather conditions.
February 22, 2018 at 7:31 AM Currently at the landing zone are Grass Valley Engine 2, Prevention 1, Engine 89, Sierra Nevada Ambulance and CHP H-20 helicopter. There is no report on the extent of the injuries at this time. The patient is being loaded onto the helicopter for transport to a Sutter Roseville Trauma Center.
February 22, 2018 at 7:20 AM Air ambulance landed at Station 2 on Sierra College Blvd in Grass Valley for a patient shot after a high speed chase. Nevada County Sheriff’s officers were in pursuit of a vehicle and the chase ended in the area of Horseshoe Lane/Echo Drive near Gracie. Additional details will be posted as we can confirm facts.
February 22, 2018 at 7:12 AM Weak but cold winter storm moves through NorCal today, bringing low elevation snow and isolated showers and thunderstorms to the valley. Mountain travelers should prepare for winter driving conditions! Low elevation snow will impact the Sierra Nevada through tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for locations above 2000 feet.
February 22, 2018 at 6:57 AM Per Placer County Sheriff’s Office, chains are required on I-80 from Baxter to Truckee.
If you can avoid travel over the Sierra summits today, postpone your drive. Driving conditions are already difficult and not forecast to improve much throughout the day.
The National Weather Service calls for up to 10 inches of snow near the Sierra crest.
February 21, 2018 at 11:20 PM Hwy 174 is open again with no restrictions.
February 21, 2018 at 10:25 PM Traffic is still being rerouted off Hwy 174 at Mount Olive Road.
AT&T crew en route to deal with the downed pole. No ETA for reopening yet, all lanes are still blocked.
February 21, 2018 at 9:56 PM Vehicle accident on Hwy 174 at Odyssey Lane. Power pole reportedly fell in the roadway, causing vehicles to hit it.
Traffic is being held at Mt Olive Road, no through traffic towards Colfax on Hwy 174 at this time. Take Mt. Olive as an alternative road.
February 21, 2018 at 7:28 AM Snow levels down to lower elevations tonight through Friday. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for locations above 2000 feet. Expect hazardous travel conditions, especially during the morning and afternoon commute on Thursday.
February 20, 2018 at 1:45 PM Firefighters are making good progress on the structure fire on Ironclad Road. The residence is empty of all occupants and pets.
February 20, 2018 at 1:40 PM Tree into power lines in Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive. Emergency services on scene.
February 20, 2018 at 1:14 PM Fire on Ironclad Road is reported to involve about 25% of the residence. Firefighters are making progress. One additional Smartsville engine requested to the scene.
February 20, 2018 at 1:12 PM Engines on scene and in route to check on smoke alarms going off on the 200 block of Race Street in Grass Valley.
February 20, 2018 at 1:04 PM Additional engines and one water tender requested to the fire on Ironclad. Difficulty accessing the fire due to narrow access road and driveway.
February 20, 2018 at 12:52 PM Residential structure fire – a fully involved detached garage – with extension to the home, on Ironclad Road off Fox Lane in Rough&Ready.
Penn Valley, Grass Valley, Rough&Ready fire departments and CAL FIRE engines on scene. Additional engines and water tenders requested. Photo by Alex Siegenthaler
February 20, 2018 at 11:38 AM Firefighters on scene at Sutton Way report no injuries to persons and no structural damage to the building.
February 20, 2018 at 11:34 AM Report of a smoldering vegetation fire in the Bullards Bar/Long Point area. Tahoe National Forest firefighters en route.
February 20, 2018 at 11:32 AM Car into the side of CVS pharmacy on Sutton Way in Grass Valley. No injuries reported. Emergency services on scene.
February 20, 2018 at 8:36 AM Below normal temperatures and snow showers possible through next week. A hard freeze warning remains in effect for elevations below 2000 feet. Below freezing temperatures possible this morning and Wednesday morning. Protect pipes, plants, people, & pets!
February 19, 2018 at 5:29 PM Use extreme caution when driving on Banner Quaker Hill Road, getting in and out of Cascade Shores. The dusting of snow, combined with the very cold temperatures makes the drive more treacherous than usual. Leave plenty of distance between cars and take it slow!
February 19, 2018 at 3:02 PM Cold air dropping down from western Canada will bring widespread freezing temperatures to the area early this week, setting record lows. Take precautionary measures to protect sensitive plants, trees and pets/livestock. Mountain and foothill showers are possible this afternoon and again Wednesday and Thursday. Snow could cause slick roads and travel delays in the mountains and foothills. A dusting of snow is possible down to 1000 feet.
February 18, 2018 at 9:15 PM Phone service is restored at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. All landlines are working again.
February 18, 2018 at 9:03 PM Hazardous travel conditions over the Sierra summits on I-80 and US 50. Chain controls in effect. If you can postpone your travels, please do.
February 18, 2018 at 2:01 PM Freeze warning for extremely cold temps and low snow levels tonight and Monday morning. Winter Weather Advisory until 4 PM PST Monday for West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada. Freeze Warning from 2 AM Monday to 8 AM PST Wednesday.
February 18, 2018 at 12:22 PM A widespread AT&T outage is affecting landlines, cell service and DSL services in Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties. More information: https://yubanet.com/regional/att-outage-information-for-nevada-placer-and-sierra-counties/
February 17, 2018 at 5:11 PM First units have arrived on scene, reporting a large bonfire with people in attendance. The two engines can handle, all other resources still en route can cancel and return to their stations.
February 17, 2018 at 5:08 PM Reported vegetation fire, with an explosion heard, on Alta Sierra Drive near Dog Bar Road. Numerous resources en route.
February 17, 2018 at 3:11 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Blue Ridge Road,off Blue Tent Road in Nevada City. Reported as a roadside fire, approximately 20 ft wide, no one in attendance. NCCFD and CAL FIRE are responding.
February 17, 2018 at 8:31 AM Freeze Watch starting late Sunday night, snow levels projected to drop down to around 1000 feet by Monday. A cold weather system brings breezy winds and a chance of snow showers over the mountains and foothills Sunday into Monday followed by cold temperatures with a possible widespread freeze.
February 16, 2018 at 11:06 PM Brush pile on fire on La Barr Meadows near Amsel Way is reported on the Hansen Brothers property and is a burn pile within containment lines. Firefighters are on scene.
February 16, 2018 at 3:16 PM Firefighters have arrived on scene of the escaped debris burn. Homeowners have made progress in knocking down the fire. One additional engine to continue in, all other resources can cancel.
February 16, 2018 at 2:57 PM Report of an escaped burn pile, now approximately the size of 5 cars, on Hidden Ridge Court in Penn Valley. Numerous resources en route.
February 16, 2018 at 10:11 AM Report of a woodpile on fire, possibly burning into a structure now on Little Creek Road in Auburn. Numerous firefighters en route.
February 16, 2018 at 8:37 AM Dry and mild through the weekend but a hard freeze coming late Sunday. A change in the weather pattern is expected to bring cold air from western Canada down into the region next week. In the cold air-mass, temperatures could plummet during overnight hours. Be prepared to take precautionary measures to protect sensitive plants and pets/livestock. Breezy winds and mountain showers are possible Sunday into Monday. A few inches at pass levels could be enough to cause some slick roads and minor delays.
February 15, 2018 at 7:26 AM CAL FIRE has declared today (Thursday) to be a No Burn Day due to forecast windy conditions and associated fire danger throughout the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit. However, Thursday is a permissive burn day in Plumas County.
February 15, 2018 at 7:22 AM Breezy north winds today, dry and mild through Sunday. Next system brings a chance of showers to the mountains on Sunday followed by below average temperatures early next week with a possible widespread freeze.
February 14, 2018 at 4:44 PM All resources have been released from the 0.8-acre grass fire on Sweetland Road in North San Juan.
February 14, 2018 at 2:26 PM Per CAL FIRE: ire estimated at 3/4 of an acre. Forward progress stopped. Hose around fire. CCC Placer Crew 2 constructing hand line. Cause under investigation.
February 14, 2018 at 2:26 PM Per CAL FIRE: Fire estimated at 3/4 of an acre. Forward progress stopped. Hose around fire. CCC Placer Crew 2 constructing hand line. Cause under investigation.
February 14, 2018 at 2:07 PM One lane on Hwy 174 is blocked after the solo vehicle accident near Mosswood Lane. Firefighters are reporting one patient with moderate injuries. CHP on scene for traffic control.
February 14, 2018 at 2:06 PM Firefighters are making progress towards containment on the Rock Creek fire. The Incident Commander estimates resources will be committed an additional two hours.
February 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 174 at Mosswood Lane. Emergency services en route.
February 14, 2018 at 1:51 PM Resources on scene at the escaped debris burn on Rock Creek Road include 3 engines, 1 water tender, 1 Washington Ridge crew, 1 Battalion Chief and prevention officers. The fire is estimated at just under 1 acre, there is no threat to structures. No road closures or evacuations are necessary.
February 14, 2018 at 1:35 PM Firefighters are on scene at a reported 1/4 acre grass fire on Sweetland Road on the San Juan Ridge.
February 14, 2018 at 12:22 PM Rekindled burn pile on the 18000 block of Rock Creek Road outside of Nevada City. Nevada County Consolidated responding with multiple resources
February 14, 2018 at 7:11 AM Gold Country Stage, through a Low Carbon Transit Operations (LCTOP) grant, will be offering fare free service on all Gold Country Stage fixed routes on Valentine’s Day.
February 14, 2018 at 7:09 AM Cold snap coming this weekend. A pattern shift is in store for NorCal this weekend and it will bring much colder temperatures for next week.
February 13, 2018 at 7:47 AM The Tahoe National Forest American River Ranger District plans to conduct a 802 acre prescribed fire beginning February 13th, 2018 and continuing until spring. The North Divide prescribed fire area is located near the Humbug Ridge, which is approximately 15 miles northeast of the town of Foresthill.
The American River Ranger District fire personnel plan to burn 20 to 80 acres per day as weather conditions and air quality allow. The North Divide project is considered an under burn type of prescribed fire. As an under burn it will give multiple results such as; cleaning up debris from a completed timber sale which thinned the amount of trees in the unit; reduce the risk of wildfires by making a break in the fuel (vegetation) load and continuity; and increase the resiliency of the forest to wildfires and beetle attacks. This project will continue until the unit is completed or when the conditions become too dry in the spring.
February 13, 2018 at 7:34 AM A typical winter day, except… dry. High pressure pushing in over the Pacific Northwest and NorCal will bring fair skies to the north state today while northerly breezes keep daytime highs down to right around normal for this time of year.
February 12, 2018 at 9:21 AM The Burn Day status in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties has been updated. Today is a permissible burn day.
February 12, 2018 at 8:54 AM Still only one lane open on eastbound I-80 at the junction with Hwy 20.
February 12, 2018 at 8:16 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
February 12, 2018 at 7:35 AM A little cooler to start the week, slight chance of showers on Wednesday. Breezy north winds will kick in today behind a departing weather system. Winds will decrease late tonight.
February 12, 2018 at 7:29 AM Eastbound Interstate 80 closed at Nyack after an accident.
February 11, 2018 at 11:05 AM Report of a possible chimney fire on the 13000 block of Torrey Pines Drive. Higggins Fire and CAL FIRE units are responding.
February 10, 2018 at 9:21 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
February 10, 2018 at 9:19 AM Breezy to gusty winds on Saturday. Heading to the mountains this weekend? Windy conditions are expected this afternoon through the overnight hours. Travel may become difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Loose outdoor objects may be blown.
February 9, 2018 at 11:41 AM Vehicle vs a tree on You Bet Road near Mulberry Lane.
February 9, 2018 at 7:34 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Plumas and Sierra counties.It is a permissible burn day in Placer County.
February 9, 2018 at 7:32 AM Unseasonably warm today, gusty north winds on Saturday. Breezy north winds are expected to develop on Saturday behind a weather system forecast to drop through the Pacific northwest tonight. These north winds will bring increased fire danger and blowing debris to the Sacramento valley and interior coast range. The strongest winds are expected Saturday afternoon and evening with decreasing winds late Saturday night.
February 8, 2018 at 7:16 PM Water main break in Colfax, reported by a reader. Several fast-food businesses are closed, but Pizza Factory is still open, according to the reader report.
February 8, 2018 at 7:08 PM A damaged power pole in the area has caused a power outage for 209 homes on Melody Road, Big Oak Drive, Burke Road and Shepard Road. A crew is assigned and the estimated time of restoration is 7:45 pm.
February 8, 2018 at 7:37 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
February 8, 2018 at 7:26 AM Feels like May – unseasonably warm and dry weather continues. Strong high pressure will bring another very warm day today with high temperatures like those normally seen in April or May. A few record high temperatures may be set as well.
February 7, 2018 at 12:45 PM Power outage on McCourtney Road is now expected to be resolved by 4pm. PG&E repair crew is on-site working to restore power.
February 7, 2018 at 10:35 AM Power outage affecting 215 homes along McCourtney Road from Starbright Acres to Indian Springs Road. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.
February 7, 2018 at 9:50 AM CAL FIRE’s Air Tankers are doing proficiency flights over Nevada County, part of their annual Spring Training exercises.
February 7, 2018 at 9:36 AM One-way traffic control on Hwy 49 between Nevada City and the South Yuba River for drainage work between now and 3:00 pm. Expect slight delays.
February 7, 2018 at 9:17 AM A reader just reported a house fire in Sierra City on Main Street. Locals and fire personnel are on scene trying to extinguish the blaze. Hwy 49 is closed at this time.
February 7, 2018 at 9:15 AM Fire crews on the Georgetown District are continuing the understory burn in the area of Darling Ridge today. This is part of the Tobacco Gulch Project. Smoke will again be widely visible in Georgetown, Cool and Auburn.
February 7, 2018 at 8:43 AM Spring-like temperatures likely to smash daytime high temperature records. Strong high pressure over the eastern Pacific will keep weather systems well to the north of the region and bring daytime temperatures to well above normal for this time of year. A few high temperature records may fall today as daytime highs come in more similar to those normally seen in late April.
February 6, 2018 at 5:08 PM Caltrans, emergency services still offloading the overturned gravel truck on Hwy 174. Expect delays.
February 6, 2018 at 4:04 PM Overturned gravel truck on Hwy 174 near Redberry. Emergency services are on scene, one-way traffic control in place. Thanks to a reader for calling this in.
February 6, 2018 at 3:58 PM Commercial vehicle fire on Marysville Road near Browns Valley School Road. Fire is s[reading to the wildland, threatening 50 bales of hay and a large fuel tank. Emergency services en route.
February 6, 2018 at 11:33 AM Firefighters are on scene at Tyler Foote Road, reporting a 50 by 50 spot, smoldering in pine needles. One additional engine requested. There is no danger to any structures or risk of escape. All other resources en route are being canceled.
February 6, 2018 at 11:20 AM Report of a vegetation fire on the 14000 block of Tyler Foote Crossing, reported as less than 1 acre in grass. North San Juan and Cal Fire are responding.
February 6, 2018 at 10:50 AM The smoke plume visible in the Georgetown are is from a prescribed burn on the Eldorado National Forest. Fire crews on the Georgetown District have begun an understory burn in the area of Darling Ridge. This is part of the Tobacco Gulch Project.
February 6, 2018 at 7:45 AM Breezy and warm – no precip in sight
February 5, 2018 at 4:55 PM The coroner has been requested t the scene of the accident on Hwy 20 and Laurentian Way.
February 5, 2018 at 4:31 PM Emergency services are on scene of a major accident on Hwy 20 at Laurentian Way. Vehicle vs tree, extrication required. All lanes are blocked.
February 5, 2018 at 10:18 AM Non-injury collision on East Bennett in Grass Valley.
February 5, 2018 at 9:33 AM It’s a race now. Glenn Jennings announces run for Nevada County District Attorney against incumbent Cliff Newell.
February 5, 2018 at 8:47 AM Multiple packages in the roadway on Rough&Ready Hwy at Grubstake Trail.
February 5, 2018 at 7:22 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
February 5, 2018 at 6:40 AM Unseasonably mild temperatures continue, breezy north winds further dry out vegetation. Breezy northerly winds will affect the Sacramento Valley early this week. The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday.
February 2, 2018 at 12:15 PM Major injury collision on southbound Hwy 49 at Idaho-Maryland off ramp. Avoid the area
February 2, 2018 at 8:13 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
February 2, 2018 at 7:34 AM Unseasonably warm and dry conditions continue. Strong High pressure over the eastern Pacific will bring fair skies and above normal temperatures this weekend. Daytime highs Saturday and Sunday are likely to reach record highs in some valley locations.
February 1, 2018 at 8:55 PM Thanks to a Hansen Bros. employee, the emergency contractor for Caltrans fixing the roadway after the fuel tanker accident and fire, for this update. Hwy 20 will open by midnight.
February 1, 2018 at 5:11 PM Caltrans update: Emergency contractor now laying down new pavement on Hwy 20 six miles west of I-80 where the Jan. 31 fuel truck collision and fire damaged the roadway.
Once paving is completed and cooled down, Hwy 20 will re-open to traffic. ETO 8 p.m. Updates to follow.
February 1, 2018 at 2:17 PM Caltrans grinding out pavement on Highway 20 after damage from yesterday’s crash. 20 still closed between 80 and Nevada City.
February 1, 2018 at 1:59 PM Snowpack below average despite gains. Survey revealed a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 2.6 inches, 14 percent of the early-February average at Phillips as measured there since 1964.
February 1, 2018 at 7:30 AM Hwy 20 between Nevada City and the junction of I-80 remains closed.
February 1, 2018 at 6:56 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
February 1, 2018 at 6:55 AM Persistent high pressure continues to create warm and dry weather. High pressure over the west coast will bring warmer than normal temperatures today despite variable high cloud cover spilling into the north state.
February 1, 2018 at 6:38 AM Last month’s log can be found here.