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March 31, 2017 at 3:27 PM One southbound lane is open on Hwy 49 just north of Joeger Road. Vehicle vs tree, emergency services on scene. Expect delays in the area.
March 31, 2017 at 8:41 AM Sierra County and Camptonville units are responding to a structure fire at Goodyears Bar between Camptonville and Downieville. One structure, fully involved, with adjacent structures threatened.
March 31, 2017 at 8:11 AM Report of a possible vegetation fire up the hill from Wild Turkey Lane near Hwy 20 and Mooney Flat Road. This turned out to be a burnpile, not a fire.
March 31, 2017 at 7:48 AM Gusty winds today, dry and warm period ahead. High pressure will bring a mainly nice spring weekend to northern California. Daytime highs should run from 10 to 15 degrees above normal. A weak weather system will flatten the ridge on Sunday bringing a slight threat of showers to the northern mountains and Sierra crest but otherwise…dry warm weather will continue over the second half of the weekend.
March 30, 2017 at 11:18 AM Caltrans: I-80 chain controls lifted. Kingvale EB traffic released. Big rig cleared WB at Hirschdale. All lanes open. ICY-Take it slow!
March 30, 2017 at 10:18 AM Caltrans: I-80 chain controls Kingvale to DLI. Holding EB traffic at Kingvale to clear spinouts on summit. Winter driving conditions!
March 30, 2017 at 9:47 AM Light showers continue, breezy north winds will diminish by Friday.
March 30, 2017 at 8:28 AM Debris in the roadway on eastbound Hwy 20 just east of Penn Valley Drive.
March 30, 2017 at 7:55 AM Breezy today and Friday, nice weekend ahead. Northerly winds behind a weak cold front will impact northern California over the next couple of days. Breezy to gusty winds today will likely continue through the night many areas with another day of breezy north winds expected through Friday. The breezy north winds should diminish Friday night.
March 29, 2017 at 7:32 AM Dry today, showers possible tomorrow – warmer weekend ahead. Midweek weather system brings a chance of showers followed by windy conditions Thursday and warmer temperatures into the weekend.
March 28, 2017 at 3:46 PM Non-injury accident in front of NU on Ridge Road in Nevada City.
March 28, 2017 at 8:02 AM Expect delays on Hwy 20 from Nevada City to Lone Grave for tree work.
March 28, 2017 at 7:59 AM NWS update: An area of high pressure will provide northern California with mostly sunny skies and warming temperatures through Wednesday. A quick moving upper level disturbance will slide along the west coast and bring chances for light rain to the valley and snow for elevations higher than 4000 feet starting Wednesday night. As the system passes through the region Friday, gusty north winds up to 35 mph are possible for the valley, with 45 mph gusts possible for the mountains.
March 28, 2017 at 7:20 AM Dry and mild, with temperatures continuing to rise through the week. Milder temperatures are expected across the region today with highs close to average for late March.
March 27, 2017 at 4:29 PM Rough&Ready Highway is closed in both directions. Sadly, the motorcycle accident is now reported as a fatality.
March 27, 2017 at 4:06 PM Motorcycle vs telephone pole on Rough&Ready Hwy in front of Harvest Lane. Emergency services en route.
March 27, 2017 at 12:25 PM CAL FIRE Air Tankers are up from their winter base at McClellan and are training over the Nevada and Placer areas.
March 27, 2017 at 11:10 AM Non-injury accident on Hwy 174 at Meadow Drive, no lanes blocked.
March 27, 2017 at 10:58 AM No injuries after an accident on Hwy 49 near Cedarsong Road outside of Nevada City.
March 27, 2017 at 9:12 AM The case against Joel Franks, at the request of the District Attorney’s office, was dismissed today. Judge Heidelberger agreed with the prosecution stating that in light of the information listed in the DA’s brief, all charges against Franks are dismissed in the interest of justice. Franks, who was still in custody, will be released.
March 27, 2017 at 7:02 AM Dry and milder weather expected most of the week. Weather system exits the region today with dry and milder weather expected for NorCal much of the week. Another system will brush through the region Thursday with a few showers.
March 26, 2017 at 10:53 AM A dozen tires dumped on North Bloomfield near Edwards Crossing.
March 25, 2017 at 10:18 AM Dry today, another storm Sunday through Monday. Lingering showers possible today, mainly over the foothills and mountains, otherwise weak high pressure will bring a temporary break in the wet weather. Another Pacific storm moves through tomorrow into Monday with the bulk of precipitation expected Sunday night into Monday. Up to a foot of snow is forecast over the highest terrain, with up to 6 inches at pass levels.
March 24, 2017 at 4:52 PM CHP Grass Valley: Rollover collision (vehicle on its roof) Bennett St on ramp to eastbound SR-20/49 freeway. Please drive slowly/carefully.
March 24, 2017 at 2:54 PM Eastbound Highway 20 closed to through traffic to I-80 due to snow and spin outs.
March 24, 2017 at 2:47 PM Non-injury collision on the 13000 block of McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.
March 24, 2017 at 2:46 PM Several cars stuck in the snow on Hwy 20 at Omega Road. Tow trucks on scene.
March 24, 2017 at 2:12 PM Caltrans: Turning all WB I-80 traffic at Donner Lake Interchange due to crashes on summit.
No ETO. Be prepared for winter driving.
March 24, 2017 at 12:49 PM
⛓Chains required from Drum to #DonnerLake Interchange.
— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) March 24, 2017
March 24, 2017 at 12:37 PM AP: BREAKING: House Republicans, short of votes, withdraw health care bill.
March 24, 2017 at 11:48 AM A jackknifed semi on northbound Hwy 49 at the Dorsey Drive off ramp. The off ramp is closed at this time.
March 24, 2017 at 10:21 AM Current conditions on Donner Summit.
March 24, 2017 at 10:03 AM Overturned vehicle blocking the eastbound lane on Hwy 20 at Zeibright Road (Bear Valley). Emergency services en route, please use caution in the area.
March 24, 2017 at 9:28 AM Two-car accident on Hwy 49 at Combie Road. Unknown injuries, emergency services en route.
March 24, 2017 at 8:16 AM Non-injury collision on Mt. Olive Road near Dog Bar Road. Solo vehicle has hit the bridge.
March 24, 2017 at 8:09 AM Gusty winds are here again, the skies above are cloudy again. Rain and mountain snow today into Saturday with mountain travel impacts likely. Gusty winds today as well. Brief break in weather mid weekend.
March 23, 2017 at 6:12 PM A car went through the entrance of Papa Murphy’s Pizza at the Grass Valley Savemart. Fire and law enforcement are on scene. The condition of the driver is unknown. Thanks to John Maugeri for the photo.
March 23, 2017 at 9:01 AM Non-injury accident on Tyler Foote Road near Hwy 49 in the San Juan Ridge area.
March 23, 2017 at 8:39 AM Non-injury accident on Hwy 174 and You Bet Road, both vehicles are on the right-hand side, no lanes blocked.
March 23, 2017 at 7:21 AM Another storm arrives tonight through Saturday. High pressure over northern California today will bring generally fair weather today. This high pressure system will give way quickly, however, to a Pacific storm system expected to move through northern California tonight through early in the weekend. This is a moderately strong system which likely bring travel impacts to those traveling through the Sierra Cascade range Friday and Saturday.
March 22, 2017 at 5:34 PM Major injury accident in front of the Caltrans yard at the Gold Flat off ramp of Hwy 49 in Nevada City.
March 22, 2017 at 12:18 PM Caltrans: All traffic released both directions I-80. Chain controls still in effect. Take it slow
March 22, 2017 at 7:37 AM Starting at 9:00 am – live streaming from NID’s Board meeting.
March 22, 2017 at 7:09 AM Rain continues today, tapering off to showers only later on. Moderate rain will be possible through about 9 am as the main rain band moves through this morning. Showers or thunderstorms will be possible the remainder of the day.
March 21, 2017 at 3:48 PM Five or six goats in the roadway near Petersons Corner at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Pleasant Valley Road on the San Juan Ridge. Slow down!
At 1205 PM PDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Sacramento to Stockton. Movement was northeast at 25 mph.
Half inch hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms.
Locations impacted include: Sacramento, Stockton, Elk Grove, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Tracy, Folsom, Rocklin, Galt, Auburn, Grass Valley, Placerville, Jackson, San Andreas, Baxter, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Carmichael, Fair Oaks and Paloma.
Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
March 21, 2017 at 11:03 AM NWS Sacramento Significant Weather Advisory until 11:45 am
At 1100 AM PDT, Doppler Radar reported strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Stanfield Hill to Laguna West-Lakeside. Movement was northeast at 25 mph.
Half inch hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms.
Locations impacted include: Sacramento, Elk Grove, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rocklin, Auburn, Grass Valley, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Palermo, Rancho Cordova, West Sacramento, Lincoln, Lake Of The Pines, Lake Wildwood, Loomis and Colfax.
March 21, 2017 at 10:55 AM Overturned vehicle on Hwy 49 at Linnet Lane just north of the Bear River Bridge. Emergency services on scene.
March 21, 2017 at 7:44 AM Showers and possible thunderstorms today. Precipitation turns more showery today. If we see some clearing this morning, there is a pretty good potential for thunderstorms through the evening hours with large hail and an isolated tornado. Additional showers are possible Wednesday with another chance for Valley thunderstorms in the afternoon. Light snow continuing over the mountains. Outside of a few lingering showers in the northern Sierra Thursday, dry weather is expected. The next storm system moves across Friday into Saturday. Similar precipitation amounts are expected with this storm in addition to urban and small stream flooding potential and windy conditions.
March 21, 2017 at 7:34 AM PG&E crews en route to Penn Valley where an outage at the intersection of Penn Valley Drive and Carrie Ann Lane has 167 homes without power.
March 21, 2017 at 7:24 AM Tree blocking lanes on Hwy 20 at Melody Lane.
March 20, 2017 at 9:45 PM Broken power pole in the area of McCourtney and Perimeter Road south of Grass Valley affecting 152 customers. PG&E repair crew is on-site working to restore power, estimated time of restoration is 4:00 am.
March 20, 2017 at 8:31 PM A large boulder in the roadway on Pleasant Valley Road near Lake Wildwood Drive in Penn Valley. Use caution and reduce speed in the area.
March 20, 2017 at 4:54 PM Take it slow for your evening commute. Intermittent rain makes for slippery roads.
March 20, 2017 at 11:42 AM Traffic control on Hwy 49 near Downieville and Ramshorn Road for a medevac transport.
March 20, 2017 at 9:35 AM Expect delays on Hwy 49 between Nevada City and North San Juan and on Hwy 174 between Greenhorn and Colfax – all Caltrans work listed here.
March 20, 2017 at 9:33 AM Today the Yuba River Ranger District will continue our Rx burning around the Camptonville/Bullards Bar area. Smoke will be visible and fire personnel/apparatus will be on scene. Please drive with extra caution when traveling along Marysville Road, Old Camptonville Road, and Pendola Extension Road.
March 20, 2017 at 7:32 AM First day of Spring followed by a rainy and snowy week.
March 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM Cloudy Saturday, rain to dominate next week. A weather disturbance will bring increased cloud cover, cooler temperatures, and chances for rain for the mountains and the northern Sacramento Valley today and tonight. More rain is expected next week with mountain snow.
March 17, 2017 at 8:50 AM Get home safe today. Have a designated driver, call a free tipsy tow or ride the bus: Gold Country Stage Free Fare Day today.
March 17, 2017 at 8:20 AM Rain returns to NorCal, stronger storms starting Monday. After a dry, mild weather pattern for our region, NorCal will return to an extended wet pattern starting late tonight into next week. Several storm waves will track across NorCal. The more significant storms are expected next week. This wet pattern will not be as strong as the Atmospheric Rivers we experienced in January and February.
March 16, 2017 at 10:21 AM Today, Yuba River Ranger District (Tahoe N.F.) will continue our Rx pile burning in the Camptonville area. There will be burning along Marysville Road and Old Camptonville Road. Smoke will be visible and fire personnel/apparatus will be on scene. Please drive with extra caution when traveling along these roads and through the Camptonville/Bullard’s Bar area.
March 16, 2017 at 7:36 AM Wet weather makes a return this weekend, rain and snow not ready to let go. After a dry, mild weather pattern for our region, NorCal will return to an extended wet pattern starting this weekend into next week. Several storm waves will track across NorCal. The more significant storms are expected next week. This wet pattern will not be as strong as the Atmospheric Rivers we experienced in January and February.
March 15, 2017 at 1:09 PM Heads up when driving on Hwy 49 from Nevada City to North San Juan. There are no warning signs posted for the ongoing roadwork and one-lane traffic near Cedarsong Road. Please reduce your speed and use caution in the area.
March 15, 2017 at 9:11 AM Today the Yuba River Ranger District (Tahoe N.F.) will be conducting pile burning within the Pendola Area. Smoke will be visible around the Bullards Bar area and fire personnel/apparatus will be on scene. Please drive with caution when traveling through this area.
March 15, 2017 at 8:37 AM Really wet pattern returns Saturday through next week. A quick moving disturbance will move through the region today through Thursday morning bringing light amounts of rain to the region, mainly for the mountains and northern Sacramento valley. Snow levels will be above pass levels. Temperatures will range between 5 and 10 degrees above normal. More rain chances expected this weekend and next week.
March 14, 2017 at 5:31 PM Vehicle pursuit and foot chase in the McCourtney Road area, suspect not apprehended. Per CHP: “… a very reckless driver that led CHP officers on a pursuit and foot chase earlier today. He is then believed to have stolen a vehicle and fled the area. He has not been apprehended. He seemed very distraught during the incident and may be unstable. We are requesting assistance from the public in locating him and getting him assistance as soon as possible.”
March 14, 2017 at 7:58 AM Accident on Cement Hill Road near Augustine Road in Nevada City. Vehicle vs tree, emergency services en route. The roadway is blocked.
March 14, 2017 at 6:47 AM Grass Valley Police update: Homicide victim found on Apple Avenue in Grass Valley
March 14, 2017 at 6:46 AM Dry and mild today, chances of light precip on Thursday. Happy Pi Day. Have a slice of dry and sunny today, a slice of overcast tomorrow and a slice of moisture on Thursday. Near infinite flavors of weather throughout the weekend and next week.
March 13, 2017 at 11:27 AM A reminder about the ongoing roadwork on Hwy 174 and 49: Plan for delays on Hwys 49 and 174 through the week
March 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM Dry, mild and uneventful weather this week. High pressure will continue warm and dry weather across the region today. Temperatures will be well-above average, but still several degrees below record highs for the date.
March 12, 2017 at 11:58 AM Update from reader Chris about the down power pole on Norlene Way: Power is out and the eta for restoration is 8pm tonight. PG&E is setting up cones and signs getting ready to replace the pole.
March 12, 2017 at 11:38 AM Sunny and warm through Tuesday. Warm and dry weather continues through early this week. Slightly cooler and cloudier weather is expected mid to late in the week, along with the possibility of rain showers north of I80.
March 12, 2017 at 11:27 AM Vehicle into a power pole on Norlene Way in Alta Sierra between Agnes and Scott. 104 PG&E customers are without power. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location. A Suddenlink cable is damaged, no ETA for restoration yet.
Thanks to readers Gina and Chris for the tip.
March 11, 2017 at 2:01 PM Hwy 174 construction work continues this weekend. Reader reports put the wait time at 30 minutes between Colfax and Rollins Lake Road. Use patience or an alternate route.
March 10, 2017 at 1:14 PM Large rock in the middle of the roadway on Rough&Ready Hwy at Grub Creek Drive. Use caution in the area.
March 10, 2017 at 1:11 PM One-way controlled traffic on Hwy 174 between Colfax and Rollins Lake Road due to emergency stabilization work. Expect 15-minute delays
March 10, 2017 at 8:24 AM Dry and mild weather through early next week. Flat high pressure over the west coast will allow variable cloudiness to spill over northern California today. Despite the cloud cover, daytime highs today will be warm and above normal. The high pressure ridge will build northward over the weekend pushing most of the cloud cover out of the region and bringing even warmer daytime temperatures. Highs on Sunday will be between 10 and 15 degrees above normal.
March 9, 2017 at 11:44 AM Heads up for horse owners: Two Confirmed Cases of Equine Coronavirus in Penn Valley
March 9, 2017 at 8:06 AM Springlike week with above normal temperatures – enjoy! Daytime highs will be the warmest of the season so far. By the end of next week, a slight threat of showers will return to the northern most portions of the state.
March 8, 2017 at 7:46 AM Here comes the Sun! The trend toward milder temperatures will continue across interior NorCal today.
March 7, 2017 at 6:38 PM The temporary traffic lights on Hwy 49 at the South Yuba appear to be malfunctioning (stuck on green). Use extreme caution and reduced speed in the area.
March 7, 2017 at 7:13 AM Drying out and warming up. Temperatures are expected to warm a bit today compared to Monday.
March 7, 2017 at 7:01 AM Car in the ditch on Hwy 49 near Cherry Creek. No injuries reported.
March 6, 2017 at 7:37 PM Traffic on I-80 is flowing normally. Hwy 20 has fully reopened, no chain controls in effect.
March 6, 2017 at 1:51 PM Caltrans: I-80 EB scheduled to open 2 p.m. WB at 3:30 p.m. Chain controls will be in effect. No single axle or double trailer trucks.
March 6, 2017 at 9:56 AM Eastbound 49 near Banner Lava Cap Road is blocked.
March 6, 2017 at 9:53 AM Chain control still in effect on Hwy 174 from Grass Valley to Colfax. Chains are required on all vehicles except passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks under 6,000 pounds gross weight and equipped with snow tires on at least two drive wheels. Chains must be carried by vehicles using snow tires. All vehicles towing trailers must have chains on one drive axle. Trailers with brakes must have chains on at least one axle.
March 6, 2017 at 8:23 AM The Bennett Street offramp on Hwy 49 is closed at this time due to the school bus accident.
March 6, 2017 at 8:19 AM Avoid the Loma Rica/Brunswick Road area, cars are being turned around at Bennett, the bus is blocking the road.
March 6, 2017 at 8:11 AM A school bus was involved in an accident on Idaho-Maryland and Brunswick Roads in Grass Valley.
March 6, 2017 at 7:55 AM Icy road conditions have lead to multiple spinouts on secondary roads. Please, take it slow.
March 6, 2017 at 7:31 AM Hwy 20 is closed at the end of the freeway in Nevada City to the junction with I-80. Zero visibility over Donner Summit. I-80 is closed from Colfax to Truckee.
March 6, 2017 at 7:27 AM Showers will continue across NorCal today resulting in more snow for the Foothills and mountains.
March 5, 2017 at 5:03 PM Hwy 20 is open to passenger vehicles with 4wd /all wheel drive and chains.
March 5, 2017 at 2:01 PM Caltrans will reopen I-80 in both directions at 2 pm to passenger vehicles only. No ETO for big rigs. Hwy 20 is still closed to through traffic.
March 5, 2017 at 11:59 AM Chain controls on Hwy 49 from Downieville to Yuba Pass.
March 5, 2017 at 9:52 AM 96 homes are without power on Wolf Mountain and Hidden Valley Road up to South Ponderosa Way between Grass Valley and Alta Sierra. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage, estimated time of restoration is 11:45 am.
March 5, 2017 at 9:52 AM Road closures: I-80, US 50 and Hwy 20 are closed. Eastbound I-80 is closed at Colfax, Westbound i-80 is closed at Truckee. Hwy 89 is closed.
March 5, 2017 at 9:50 AM Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4 pm Monday. A cold storm system will bring low snow levels and significant snow accumulation through Monday. Periods of heavy snow will be probable in the mountains through tonight with lingering snow showers on Monday. Several feet of snowfall accumulation will be likely above 5000 feet elevation. Snow levels will lower to around 1500 feet in the northern mountains and around 2000 to 2500 feet in the northern Sierra.
March 4, 2017 at 3:40 PM Low snow levels through Monday. Pacific storm will bring rain and snow to interior Northern California today through Monday. Snow levels will lower significantly by Sunday and mountain travel will be impacted for a large section of mountain roads. Winds will be breezy to gusty this afternoon and there could be a slight chance of thunderstorms on Sunday. Rain and snow will taper off by Monday night with drier weather returning on Tuesday.
March 4, 2017 at 1:50 PM A cool Pacific weather system will bring a return of precipitation to the region today into Monday, with low snow levels. Periods of heavy snow will be probable in the mountains with the heaviest tonight into Sunday night. Several feet of snowfall accumulation will be likely above 5000 feet elevation. Snow levels will lower to around 1500 feet in the northern mountains and around 2000 to 2500 feet in the northern Sierra.
Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4 pm Monday
MAIN IMPACT: Travel delays with chain controls and slick roads. Poor visibility due to snow and gusty winds will make travel hazardous.
TIMING: this evening through Sunday, and into Monday.
LOCATIONS: Interstate 80, Highway 50, and Highway 88.
SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 8 to 14 inches above 3000 feet, 1 to 2 feet above 4000 feet. Up to 3 feet above 6000 feet near pass levels.
Other Impacts: Strong southwest winds will make travel hazardous, especially for smaller and higher profile vehicles this afternoon through early Sunday morning.
March 3, 2017 at 11:08 PM Vehicle over the embankment on Hwy 49 just north of Old Downieville Hwy. Emergency services on scene, car is 40ft down the embankment, with trees on top.
March 3, 2017 at 6:38 PM Accident on Lake Vera/Purdon Road outside of Nevada City, near Selby Lane, emergency services on scene.
March 3, 2017 at 8:26 AM Delays continue on Hwy 174 between Wild Duck Road and Greenhorn Access Road. Traffic is reduced to one lane as a large culvert is being placed. Expect significant delays during commute times and use alternate routes if possible.
March 3, 2017 at 7:42 AM Dry today, low snow levels this weekend. Another dry and warm day today, but an approaching storm over the Pacific Ocean will reach the West Coast later tonight. On Saturday, the storm will spread precipitation across interior NorCal. Rain and snow will continue into Monday with rain totals around 0.40 inch to over an inch. Snow totals will range from light accumulations between 1500 to 3000 feet elevation and up to 3 feet of snow near passes. Breezy to gusty winds expected Saturday and Sunday which could cause white out conditions in the mountains. Precipitation tapers off on Monday.
March 2, 2017 at 7:11 AM Dry and Warm through Friday, Next System Arrives Saturday. Rain returns to NorCal this weekend and continues into next week.
March 1, 2017 at 6:12 PM Overturned vehicle on Hwy 49 near the Independence Trail. Emergency services n scene, expect delays in the area.
March 1, 2017 at 5:03 PM Major Injury Accident on Banner Lava Cap, Driver Arrested by CHP.
March 1, 2017 at 11:45 AM Heads up! It’s Spring Training time. CAL FIRE’s Air Tankers will be over the area for their yearly proficiency training. No, there is no wildland fire burning – they are just training for the upcoming fire season.
March 1, 2017 at 8:58 AM Dry and warm through the rest of the week, precip returns this weekend. Trend back toward milder weather continues today as high pressure builds across NorCal.
March 1, 2017 at 6:37 AM If you are looking for last month’s log, you can find it here.