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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-478-9600 to let us know. You can also text us reports to 530-409-9888, but please don’t text or call while driving. Thanks!
March 31, 2018 at 8:32 PM PG&E now advising 388 customers will be out of power for 8-10 hours after assessment of the damage.
March 31, 2018 at 8:18 PM Car accident on Wolf Road near Duggans, vehicle in to a power pole. Extended road closure, use an alternate route if possible. Approximately 200 customers are out of power. PG&E trouble team on site. The lines have been de-energized and a crew will have to replace the pole and some infrastructure. No firm ETA on power restoration yet.
March 31, 2018 at 11:36 AM Dry and warm with a few high clouds through early next week.
March 30, 2018 at 7:11 PM Firefighters have located the camp fire, reporting a 20 by 20 spot. The forward progress has been stopped and units at scene can handle.
March 30, 2018 at 7:05 PM Units are in the area, attempting to locate the fire.
March 30, 2018 at 7:01 PM Escaped debris burn/camp fire on Champion Mine Road, several engines en route.
March 30, 2018 at 5:28 PM The pup has been reunited with his human!
March 30, 2018 at 2:44 PM Recognize this dog? He’s been found at the trail head of Cascade Trail, Gracie Rd. Contact Eric at 916-223-2326 if you think this is your pup.
March 30, 2018 at 12:53 PM Logs in the roadway on Rohaje Lane near Brookview Drive in the Ophir Hill area. Fire department en route.
March 30, 2018 at 12:04 PM
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 30, 2018
March 30, 2018 at 11:24 AM Car fire on Hwy 20 near Brighton Street. Firefighters en route.
March 30, 2018 at 11:06 AM Hwy 20 is open in both directions now.
March 30, 2018 at 10:40 AM All fire units have been released from the major injury accident on Hwy 20. CHP remains on scene for the investigation. The eastbound lanes remain closed at this time.
March 30, 2018 at 10:32 AM Air ambulance has landed at Western Gateway Park. Animal Control is en route to pick up a dog.
March 30, 2018 at 10:18 AM All eastbound lanes of Hwy 20 at Penn Valley Drive remain closed due to the major injury accident. Use an alternate route if possible.
March 30, 2018 at 9:54 AM First unit has arrived on scene at Hwy 20, reporting multiple patients. Requesting a total of 3 ambulances, one precautionary air ambulance. Extrication may be required for some patients. Additional resources en route.
March 30, 2018 at 9:49 AM Vehicle accident on Hwy 20 at Penn Valley Drive. Cars are in the middle of the roadway, emergency services en route.
March 30, 2018 at 8:27 AM Warm and sunny weather continues for the weekend. Potential for wetter weather late next week.
March 30, 2018 at 8:14 AM Per CAL FIR NEU: Highway 49 now open in both directions. Single victim, motorcyclist, transported by AMR. Placer County Sheriff’s Office and CHP assisting with traffic control.
March 30, 2018 at 7:56 AM
#LonestarIncident [Update] Firefighters have responded to a motorcyclist down on Highway 49. Resources are at scene. Traffic is down to one lane moving slowly through the area. pic.twitter.com/I4paTdycIW
— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) March 30, 2018
March 30, 2018 at 7:52 AM Motorcycle down on Hwy 49 at Lone Star Road after a collision with a car. Emergency vehicles are on scene and both directions of travel are blocked.
March 29, 2018 at 6:43 PM
— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) March 30, 2018
March 29, 2018 at 6:13 PM
March 29, 2018 at 5:38 PM
#LincolnIncident [Update] Cal FIRE/Placer County Fire firefighters McDonald’s Lincoln and Ferguson in Auburn. SUV into the building impacted gas line. PG& E plugged the leak. Air monitoring will continue. Auburn Fire assisting, Placer SO & CHP on evacuations & traffic control. pic.twitter.com/IwE13osKFo
— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) March 30, 2018
March 29, 2018 at 4:49 PM
@CaltransDist3 Foresthill exit off EB I-80 in Auburn closed due to possible gas leak at scene of vehicle collision with McDonald’s restaurant. No ETO at this time. Please use alternate route. pic.twitter.com/ENsQewPyG6
— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) March 29, 2018
March 29, 2018 at 3:41 PM
— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) March 29, 2018
March 29, 2018 at 11:42 AM The roadway is clear again on Hwy 49 at Coyote Street.
March 29, 2018 at 11:13 AM Accident on Hwy 49 near Coyote Street in Nevada City. Emergency services en route.
March 29, 2018 at 8:11 AM Another warm and sunny day. Locally breezy north winds will continue today before slackening up a bit Friday.
March 28, 2018 at 9:58 PM Driver involved in the accident on Hwy 20 was uninjured. Caltrans and animal control en route. The roadway will be closed for several hours.
March 28, 2018 at 9:23 PM Traffic on Hwy 20 at Smartsville is being diverted after an accident involving a car and horses. The accident happened near Parks Bar Bridge. Traffic is being diverted through Smartsville.
March 28, 2018 at 8:07 AM Dry and higher temperatures today. Upper level ridging will bring dry weather and increasingly warm weather through Thursday, when temperatures are expected to peak.
March 27, 2018 at 8:01 PM Are you missing a dog in the Round Mountain area? Reader Linda says “He’s a big one but seems friendly but skittish. I don’t see a collar. Sheriff tried to catch him but we gave up. Have fed him but hope he goes on his way tonight. Howls in a very, very sad way.”
If he’s yours, call us at 530-478-9600 and we’ll put you in touch with Linda.
March 27, 2018 at 3:58 PM
@CaltransDist3 SB Hwy 49 ramp to WB I-80 now open. Caltrans Auburn Maintenance crews did a super job of repairing the damaged guardrail and replacing deteriorating guardrail posts. Caltrans appreciates the public’s patience and safe use of the Elm Street detour. pic.twitter.com/mx7JUMXL9s
— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) March 27, 2018
March 27, 2018 at 12:59 PM LAPD and Nevada County Sheriff’s personnel are on site at the Spenceville Nature Preserve with forensic anthropologists to recover the remains of a female body believed to be missing actress Adea Shabani. Full story and video: https://yubanet.com/regional/body-recovered-in-nevada-county-presumed-to-be-missing-actress-adea-shabani/
March 27, 2018 at 8:10 AM Still warming up, dry weather persists. High temperatures warming into the 70’s at many locations today.
March 26, 2018 at 8:11 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
March 26, 2018 at 7:36 AM Quiet and warm weather pattern settles in.
March 23, 2018 at 7:59 PM Sheryl Donovan has been found alive. She got lost on the unfamiliar roads and was found near Camptonville. According to her daughter, after a week in a snowbound car, Sheryl Donovan walked out and found a road. She flagged down a car and was taken to the occupants’ home. She has been in touch with her family, will be checked out and receive medical treatment if necessary.
March 23, 2018 at 5:38 PM Sheryl Donovan is still missing.
Please refer to the FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/FindSherylDonovan/ if you want to volunteer in the search effort.
She went missing between the Blind Shady area on the San Juan Ridge and her home in Yuba County.
March 23, 2018 at 10:52 AM The pups out for a stroll on #NationalPuppyDay have been reunited with their owner.
March 23, 2018 at 9:15 AM Would these two dogs be yours? They are friendly but it’s hard to get their tags, according to reader Dan. They are hanging out on Khalid Court, off Thoroughbred Loop in Grass Valley. Let us know if they’re yours and we’ll put you in touch with the good Samaritan.
March 23, 2018 at 8:29 AM Two rounds of rain and heavy mountain snow through Sunday morning. A weather system will bring two waves of precipitation through northern California this weekend. The first round will begin this afternoon and spread across the valley to the Sierra this evening. The second round of precipitation will move through the interior Saturday evening and become scattered through the day Sunday. Weather is expected to be dry Monday through next week with warming temperatures. Afternoon highs will return to near to slightly above normal towards the end of next week.
March 22, 2018 at 6:13 PM
Chains required on I-80 from Donner Lake to Kingvale. (R2)
— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) March 23, 2018
March 22, 2018 at 6:02 PM
Risk of imminent failure of the Moccasin Dam has been reduced, but potential failure still exists. Flash flood warning remains in effect. Officials continue to monitor the situation closely. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/fIsVu6rEEd
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 23, 2018
March 22, 2018 at 4:46 PM Vehicle accident on Hwy 174 at Ophir Street, airbags deployed. Emergency services en route.
March 22, 2018 at 4:40 PM Accident on Hwy 20 near Bowman Lake Road. Emergency services on scene.
March 22, 2018 at 3:50 PM A cluster of strong thunderstorms will affect north central Placer and central Nevada counties until 4:30 pm.
At 3:41 PM, a cluster of strong thunderstorms were located in the Motherlode along or just north of Interstate 80, from near Colfax to near Skillman Campground. The storms were moving to the east up to 15 to 20 mph.
Winds in excess of 30 mph and half inch hail are possible with this cluster of storms.
Locations impacted include: Baxter, Colfax, Scotts Flat, White Cloud Campground, Sugar Pine, Iowa Hill, Alta Sierra and Skillman Campground.
Heavy rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding, or ponding of water on portions of Interstate 80 between Colfax and Baxter. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
March 22, 2018 at 3:32 PM A flash flood watch is in effect for the Sierra foothills recent burn areas through 11pm tonight. Heavy bands of rainfall today could bring debris flows and flash flooding in & below recently burned areas.
March 22, 2018 at 3:28 PM PG&E crews on site of a power outage affecting 14 homes on Dogwood Road off Greenhorn.
March 22, 2018 at 2:46 PM
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 22, 2018
March 22, 2018 at 2:26 PM Roadway flooding with a lot of debris floating in the area of Hwy 49 and Pleasant Valley Road.
March 22, 2018 at 1:39 PM Mudslide and road erosion on North Bloomfield Road near Rock Creek Road.
March 22, 2018 at 1:18 PM Electrical hazard in Alta Sierra on Alexandra Way, possible transformer explosion. Emergency services en route.
March 22, 2018 at 11:29 AM National Weather Service Sacramento issues Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory. Some locations that will experience flooding include: Folsom, Rocklin, Galt, Auburn, Grass Valley, Placerville, Sonora, Jackson, San Andreas, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Paloma, Fair Oaks, Rancho Cordova, Lincoln, Lake Of The Pines, Ione, Lake Wildwood, Loomis and Rancho Murieta.
March 22, 2018 at 10:59 AM Firefighters have contained the flume fire on North Ponderosa Way and are checking the rest of the home. Releasing most resources.
March 22, 2018 at 10:52 AM
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 22, 2018
March 22, 2018 at 10:42 AM Chimney fire on North Ponderosa Way in Grass Valley. Firefighters en route.
March 22, 2018 at 10:36 AM Tree down and mudslide on Augustine Road at Daisy Blue Mine Road in Nevada City.
March 22, 2018 at 9:53 AM San Juan Family Resource Center: A Night Under the Old Oak Tree variety fundraiser benefit, scheduled for this Saturday, March 24, has been POSTPONED.
March 22, 2018 at 9:50 AM Chain Controls up for Interstate 80 Kingvale to Donner Lake Interchange.
Snowing over Donner Pass with forecast for multiple feet of snow to accumulate between today and Friday night.
Be prepared for winter driving conditions!
March 22, 2018 at 9:41 AM Nevada County Public Works:
Reports of widespread flooding throughout Nevada County. Combie Road is flooding due to overtopping of the adjacent Ragsdale Creek. While road crews will be working on county drainage to minimize the impacts, there is little crews can do until creek levels recede.
Roads throughout Alta Sierra and southern Nevada County have also been hard hit, with localized flooding reports along portions of Brewer Road, Magnolia Road, Carrie Drive, and Oscar Drive. Flooding issues also along portions of Pleasant Valley Road.
A full compliment of county crews are en route to these and other flooding locations and are doing everything they can to keep flooding to a minimum. Our phone lines are also being inundated with flooding and drainage concerns. If you have a localized flooding location you would like to report, we would strongly encourage you to submit your request through our ‘Ask Nevada County’ service request system. The link is included below.
We encourage drivers to drive slow and cautiously through these and other locations today, and thank you for your patience as this atmospheric river event moves through the county.
March 22, 2018 at 9:27 AM Power outage affecting 398 homes on Magnolia Road to Dog Bar Road. PG&E crew en route.
March 22, 2018 at 9:23 AM Contrary to rumors on social media, Combie Reservoir is fine. The road may be flooded due to heavy rain, but the dam is just fine.
March 22, 2018 at 9:01 AM Flash flood watch in effect through this evening for the Sierra foothills burn areas.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Sierra foothills fire burn areas from Butte County ranging south to Calaveras County in Central California.
* Through 11 PM this evening.
* Heavy bands of rainfall are possible this afternoon, which will have the potential to generate flash floods and debris flows from recent burn areas.
* This will be a particular threat in and below the recent fire burn areas in the Sierra foothills. Rainfall rates could exceed one half inch per hour at times during the storm.
* The severely burned areas will be of particular concern. These areas no longer absorb any rainfall…leading to enhanced runoff. Those traveling in and around the burn areas should be alert for possible road problems due to flooding…rock…and debris flows.
March 22, 2018 at 8:38 AM Power lines down on Spring Ranches Road across from Magnolia Road. Firefighters en route.
March 22, 2018 at 8:35 AM
Cramer Road at Highway 49 also flooded. Please avoid. pic.twitter.com/qxVQO2sR0r
— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) March 22, 2018
March 22, 2018 at 8:01 AM Boulder in the roadway on Hwy 49 between the South Yuba bridge and North San Juan.
March 22, 2018 at 7:47 AM Roadway flooding on Hwy 49 at Rio Oso.
March 22, 2018 at 7:37 AM Roadway flooding on Hwy 49 between Cramer and Combie Road. Reports of water going above car bumpers. Use extreme caution.
March 22, 2018 at 7:35 AM Firefighters on scene of a reported propane tank leak on Pleasant Valley Road.
March 22, 2018 at 7:31 AM Yuba River above Marysville: Change in Observed flood status from No Flooding to Near Flood Stage
March 22, 2018 at 7:17 AM Heavy rain and wind in the Foothills, significant snow accumulations in the high country. Snow levels have lowered to the pass levels, and will continue to lower across interior NorCal today. Significant travel impacts will likely develop today across the higher elevations.
March 22, 2018 at 7:11 AM
A line of moderate to heavy rainfall from Walnut Creek to Grass valley is currently moving slowly eastward likely impacting the Thursday morning commute. Highways 50 and I-80 likely impacted. Use caution while driving. #cawx pic.twitter.com/zF3qVMkWle
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) March 22, 2018
March 21, 2018 at 6:35 PM Tornado Warning from 3/21/2018 6:31 PM to 7:00 PM PDT for Yuba County. At 631 PM PDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Arboga, or 8 miles southeast of Marysville, moving north at 20 mph. Weather spotters reported funnel cloud.
March 21, 2018 at 3:09 PM Major injury collision on Hwy 49 near Streeter Road. Please use caution in the area. One lane is open again, second lane will reopen shortly.
March 21, 2018 at 9:04 AM Wet weather continues, much more rain and snow on the way.
March 21, 2018 at 9:04 AM Large tree is blocking both lanes on Hwy 49 near Lime Kiln Road.
March 20, 2018 at 9:56 AM Foresthill High School is in a shelter in placer due to police activity and a fire across the street. Updates are being sent every 30 minutes from Principal Randy Ittner or from @PlacerSheriff Please avoid this area if possible.
March 20, 2018 at 9:13 AM
Suspect’s residence is now engulfed in flames. Our Special Enforcement Team has a perimeter on the mobile home. No evacuations are being made at this time. pic.twitter.com/dZkFwwdXOX
— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) March 20, 2018
March 20, 2018 at 8:47 AM Placer County Sheriff deputies and detectives are on the scene of a search warrant service on Baltimore Mine Road in Foresthill. The suspect has barricaded himself inside the residence and started a fire. Fire personnel are aware and on scene.
March 20, 2018 at 8:41 AM
Happy Spring #Equinox and happy #firstdayofspring! Today the length of night and day are nearly equal. The days will now become longer at the higher latitudes because it takes the sun longer to rise and set. More satellite imagery: https://t.co/mbgRYot60A pic.twitter.com/kGlGhM5V58
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) March 20, 2018
March 20, 2018 at 7:21 AM CHP update: The northbound lanes of Hwy 49 are shifted to share the southbound traffic lanes at Joeger Rd in Auburn. Motorists are advised to reduce their speed in both directions and to expect delays. There is no estimated time of clearing.
March 20, 2018 at 7:11 AM Traffic control in place on Hwy 49 at Joeger Road after a fatal accident. One lane of northbound traffic, using a southbound lane, will open shortly. Expect significant delays in the area and use the I-80/Hwy174 detour if possible.
March 20, 2018 at 7:10 AM Here comes the rain again. A series of systems will bring wet weather to California this week, including an atmospheric river aimed at Central and Southern California.
March 20, 2018 at 6:28 AM Northbound lanes on Hwy 49 in Auburn at Joeger Road are closed after a multi-vehicle collision. No ETA for reopening.
March 19, 2018 at 2:02 PM Non-injury accident on Hwy 20 at Penn Valley Dr. Right turn lane is partially blocked.
March 19, 2018 at 11:50 AM Vehicle accident on Hwy 49 at Cherry Creek Road, Units are en route, no details yet.
March 19, 2018 at 11:23 AM Bloomfield IC reports no injury, canceling incoming units.
March 19, 2018 at 11:21 AM First unit has arrived on North Bloomfield, confirming one vehicle into a pole. Firefighters are checking for possible injuries.
March 19, 2018 at 11:20 AM Vehicle accident, reported as a car into a power pole, on North Bloomfield Road. Location given as 1/4 mile up from the intersection with Hwy 49. Emergency services en route.
March 19, 2018 at 8:59 AM Updated forecast from the National Weather Service in Sacramento. California has a couple days’ break in between storm systems. The next storm system is already on our doorstep, with light precipitation expected to begin across the region on Tuesday. The period of heaviest precipitation and gusty winds is currently projected to be Wednesday through Thursday. Snow levels will start out initially rather high, but colder air will arrive late this week, and another round of heavy snow is expected for late this week.
March 19, 2018 at 8:33 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra and Yuba counties.
March 19, 2018 at 7:51 AM Wet weather returns Tuesday. We are tracking several systems that will bring widespread precipitation beginning on Tuesday and continuing into Friday. Hazardous mountain travel and localized urban flooding possible.
March 18, 2018 at 11:01 AM Another round of storms starts Tuesday. California has a couple days’ break in between storm systems. The next storm system is already on our doorstep, with light precipitation expected to begin across the region on Tuesday. The period of heaviest precipitation and gusty winds is currently projected to be Wednesday through Thursday. Snow levels will start out initially rather high, but colder air will arrive late this week, and another round of heavy snow is expected for late this week.
March 17, 2018 at 4:47 PM Grass Valley Police ***Public Safety Announcement***
There appears to be a new phone scam going around that is causing some concerns within the community. People are reporting having received a phone call from a familiar number and the subjects are demanding money. The callers are claiming to be holding a family member or friend hostage and threatening to harm them if payment is not received. Please if you receive something similar do not send money and instead contact local law enforcement for assistance.
March 17, 2018 at 10:20 AM Per PCSO: Eastbound I-80 traffic is being held at Gold Run due to spin outs up the hill. Chains required on I-80 between Nevada and Gold Run.
March 17, 2018 at 9:56 AM Showers to taper off today, dry and warmer Sunday and Monday. Scattered showers today with snow showers in the upper foothills and mountains. Slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm in the Southern Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin Valleys and eastern foothills. Highs today in the mid 50s for the Central Valley with 30s and 40s for the mountains and foothills. Decreasing showers tonight then dry and a little warmer Sunday.
March 17, 2018 at 12:14 AM Very slow going on I-80. If you can postpone travel until tomorrow, do so.
Winter Storm Warning in effect for west slopes of the northern Sierra Nevada, western Plumas County and Lassen National Park region until 5 am Saturday.
March 16, 2018 at 6:42 PM Hwy 174 east of Peardale Road, vehicle spun out and is blocking the roadway. Reduce speed on the icy road surface.
March 16, 2018 at 6:17 PM Significant hail in Peardale and the greater Grass Valley area. Use extreme caution. Thanks to reader Bert Wheeler for the photo.
March 16, 2018 at 6:05 PM Cars spinning out on Hey 20 near Chalk Bluff.
March 16, 2018 at 4:55 PM Caltrans: WESTBOUND I-80 Opened to vehicle traffic. Holding all trucks at Stateline. Chains required Truckee to Drum. Lots of snow on Donner Pass so take it slow, keep distance from vehicle in front of you and obey 30 mph speed limit = arrive safely!
March 16, 2018 at 4:53 PM Grass Valley Police is closing Brunswick and Idaho Maryland intersection to clear up the accident.
March 16, 2018 at 4:52 PM Multi-car accident, including one school bus, on Idaho Maryland Road at Brunswick. No injuries reported. Traffic is snarled, avoid the area if possible.
March 16, 2018 at 3:35 PM A strong thunderstorm will affect West Central Placer, South Central Yuba and Southwestern Nevada Counties until 4:15 pm.
At 3:32 pm, a strong thunderstorm was located 7 miles west of Alta Sierra, or 10 miles southwest of Grass Valley, moving northeast at 20 mph.
Pea size hail is possible with this storm, including significant ground accumulation.
Locations impacted include: Grass Valley, Lake Wildwood, Rough And Ready, Smartsville, Beale AFB, Alta Sierra and Penn Valley.
March 16, 2018 at 8:41 AM Showers with mountain snow showers continue today into Saturday. Snow showers, moderate to heavy at times, are expected today into early Saturday and mountain travel should be avoided.
March 16, 2018 at 8:28 AM Hwy 20 is closed to through traffic from Nevada City to the I-80 junction.
March 16, 2018 at 8:27 AM I-80 is closed from Colfax to Nevada due to snow.
March 15, 2018 at 9:54 PM Caltrans Traffic Alert: I-80 Chain Controls now Alta to Stateline. Heavy snowfall expected overnight and through Friday. Be prepared for delays with xtra food & water, warm clothing and keep your fuel tank filled up! Take it slow and arrive safely.
March 15, 2018 at 9:26 PM Vehicle stuck in the roadway on the 14700 block of Pasquale Road. Extreme caution advised.
March 15, 2018 at 7:41 PM Hwy 20 at Omega is reopened, chain controls in effect from Nevada City to the junction of I-80. from
March 15, 2018 at 6:34 PM Two patients from the Hwy 20/Omega accident are being transported in a single ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial.
March 15, 2018 at 6:24 PM Accident on Red Dog Rd between Quaker Hill and Pasquale Rd.
March 15, 2018 at 6:21 PM Greenhorn Road at La Noria Court, a car stuck in the snow is now a traffic hazard.
March 15, 2018 at 6:20 PM Greenhorn Road at Brunswick, solo vehicle accident.
March 15, 2018 at 6:19 PM Emergency services are at the accident on Hwy 20 at Omega. Two vehicles with major front end damage
March 15, 2018 at 5:46 PM Per a reader report, heavy snow in Cascade Shores. Banner Quaker Hill is closed to the shores. Pasquale has not been plowed at this time. Please use extreme caution when driving.
March 15, 2018 at 5:38 PM Accident on Hwy 20 at Omega Road. The roadway is blocked, also chain control is in place on Hwy 20. Emergency services en route to the accident, CHP is on scene.
March 15, 2018 at 2:52 PM All fire units have cleared from the accident on Hwy 20. Roadway is being reopened.
March 15, 2018 at 1:34 PM Multiple spin-outs and collisions reported on I-80 from Blue Canyon to Truckee. Rapidly deteriorating driving conditions, postpone your travel over the summit if possible.
March 15, 2018 at 12:33 PM An empty tanker truck jackknifed and collided with a tree on Hwy 20 at Washington Road. Both lanes are blocked, emergency services are on scene. No estimated time for reopening available yet. Hwy 20 is closed from Nevada City at Uren Street and the junction of I-80. Use Hwy 174 as an alternate route.
March 15, 2018 at 10:35 AM Overturned vehicle, emergency services on scene, on Wolf Road near Duggans.
March 15, 2018 at 9:13 AM The Tahoe National Forest will be conducting pile burning today in the Camptonville area. Firefighters will be on site monitoring these prescribed burns.
March 15, 2018 at 8:25 AM Gusty winds, heavy rain and snow this afternoon through Friday. High potential for road closures & periods of whiteout conditions Thursday afternoon into Friday afternoon due to heavy snow! Sierra travel is highly discouraged.
March 14, 2018 at 8:27 PM Chain control on Hwy 20 from Lone Grave 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). Chain control effective from: 03/14/2018 20:07
March 14, 2018 at 6:33 PM The roadway is clear on Hwy 174 after the accident near the Bear River Bridge.
March 14, 2018 at 5:55 PM Traffic accident just south after the Bear River bridge on the Nevada County side of Hwy 174. Emergency services are on scene, traffic control is in place in both directions. Expect delays.
Reader Joe Maugeri sent this photo, showing traffic at a complete standstill. Use an alternate route if possible.
March 14, 2018 at 5:35 PM
The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a
* Flood Advisory for:
North central Sutter County in central California.
Southeastern Butte County in northern California.
Northwestern Yuba County in central California.
* Until 730 PM PDT
* At 532 PM PDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause minor flooding in the advisory area. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen over this same area earlier this afternoon.
* Some locations that will experience flooding include Oroville, Marysville, Palermo, Yuba City, Thermalito, Hurleton, Oroville East, Iowa City, Bangor, South Oroville, Forbestown, Challenge-Brownsville, Sutter, Loma Rica, Tierra Buena and Wyandotte.
March 14, 2018 at 2:42 PM Multiple accidents on Hwy 20 east of Nevada City. All traffic is being held at the chain control check point due to accidents or weather related conditions.
March 14, 2018 at 8:42 AM
Per Placer County Sheriff:
March 13, 2018 at 9:10 PM Hwy 20 at Washington Road 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).
March 13, 2018 at 4:16 PM As a reminder, sandbags are available in Nevada County at these locations:
- Next to the Nevada County Warehouse on the corner of Highway 49 and East Broad Street in Nevada City
- Penn Valley Fire Protection District located at 10513 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley
- North San Juan Community Hall located at 10057 Reservoir Street in North San Juan
- Higgins Fire Station 21 located at 10106 Combie Road
Residents must bring their own shovel to fill the sandbags with sand. Sand bags are very limited, so we do request that residents only take what they plan to use for protection of their personal property.
March 13, 2018 at 3:24 PM Thanks to reader Alyssa Halford for this photo of Gateway Park and the flooding of the road.
March 13, 2018 at 10:39 AM Pleasant Valley Road between North San Juan and Bridgeport is reportedly flooded in multiple spots. Use an alternate route if possible.
March 13, 2018 at 10:38 AM Roadway flooding on Hwy 174 at Laws Ranch Crossing Road.
March 13, 2018 at 8:07 AM Rain and Mountain Snow through Saturday – more on the way. Pacific storm moves through today into tonight with widespread rain in the lower elevations, mountain snow, and breezy wind. Mountain travel will be impacted as snow levels drop below pass levels later today. Another storm brings additional periods of precipitation in the lower elevations, snow in the mountains, and gusty wind from late Wednesday into Saturday. Snow levels lower to 2500-3500 feet beyond midweek. Thunderstorms will be possible in the Central Valley and foothills, mainly afternoons and evenings, which may produce small hail. Winter storm warning in effect for Western Plumas mountains and the Sierra Nevada through Wednesday. Additional warnings likely for later this week. Persons planning travel into the mountains this week should be prepared for hazardous driving conditions with slick roads and reduced visibility in wind and heavy snow
March 12, 2018 at 4:25 PM The reported accident on Washington Road was a duplicate report from the traffic accident on Hwy 20 at White Cloud. Calstar 3 air ambulance is leaving the White Cloud landing zone and all other units are returning to their respective quarters.
March 12, 2018 at 4:05 PM Air ambulance has been requested as a precautionary measure to the accident on Washington Road. Report from the scene still has CPR in progress. Solo vehicle rollover, approximately 1 mile below Hwy 20.
March 12, 2018 at 4:02 PM Engine 84 and TNF Patrol 33 are leaving the White Cloud incident and are en route to a reported accident on Washington Road off Hwy 20. Possibly CPR in progress.
March 12, 2018 at 3:56 PM Air ambulance has been canceled for the accident near White Cloud, ground ambulance is transporting the patient to Sutter Roseville.
March 12, 2018 at 3:55 PM Fire on Spring Valley Road has been contained at 1/4 acre. Crew on site is mopping up.
March 12, 2018 at 3:54 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on I-80 at the Weimar Cross Road exit. Units en route.
March 12, 2018 at 3:45 PM Air ambulance requested to the accident on Hwy 20 at White Cloud.
March 12, 2018 at 3:43 PM Washington Ridge crew 4 has arrived at the fire on Spring Valley, reporting the forward progress has been stopped by the roadway. The fire is burning in grass and blackberry bushes.
March 12, 2018 at 3:40 PM Additional response from Smartsville Fire to the fire on Spring Valley Road, now reported as a 100 by 100 ft spot.
March 12, 2018 at 3:33 PM Possible vegetation fire in the Loma Rica area on Spring Valley Rd, approximately the size of a house. Fire units en route.
March 12, 2018 at 3:24 PM Overturned vehicle on Hwy 20 at White Cloud. Engines en route.
March 12, 2018 at 2:43 PM First unit at scene on La Noria reports an escaped debris pile, no threat to structures. The fire is in an open field, slow rate of spread.
March 12, 2018 at 2:36 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on the 14000 block of La Noria Court in the Greenhorn area. Multiple engines en route. Smoke is visible from the ECC camera, appears to be a 50 by 50 spot with locals working on it. No threat to structures reported.
March 12, 2018 at 7:51 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
March 12, 2018 at 7:48 AM Isolated showers today, then stormy and wet throughout the week. Isolated rain showers are possible across interior NorCal Monday before precipitation becomes widespread Monday night – Wednesday. Snow levels will remain above 7500 ft Monday, falling to 6000 ft Tuesday morning, then to 3500-4500 ft Tuesday evening – Wednesday.
March 9, 2018 at 8:11 AM Power is expected to be restored to 10 homes by 3:00 pm this afternoon after a car hit a power pole on Banner Lava Cap. Thanks to reader Gwyn for the report.
March 9, 2018 at 7:31 AM Light showers from weak systems this weekend, wetter and colder storms next week. Weather system moving through at this time with light precipitation. Weak disturbances keep precipitation over mainly northern portions of the the forecast area Friday. Warmer Pacific storm moves from the southwest into Interior Northern California over the weekend bringing some rain and higher elevation mountain snow. Series of wetter and colder storms expected to move through next week beginning Tuesday and continuing into Friday.
March 8, 2018 at 9:05 AM Mud and debris in the roadway reported on Hwy 49 near Goodyear Creek Road (Downieville area)
March 8, 2018 at 8:10 AM Some rain and snow through the weekend, series of wetter storms next week. Weather system moving through at this time with light precipitation. Weak disturbances keep precipitation over mainly northern portions of the the forecast area Friday. Warmer Pacific storm moves from the southwest into Interior Northern California over the weekend bringing some rain and higher elevation mountain snow. Series of wetter and colder storms expected to move through next week beginning Tuesday and continuing into Friday.
March 7, 2018 at 2:12 PM Power outage on Gold Flat and Pinewoods Road, still some 23 homes without power. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. Estimated time of restoration is 4:45 pm.
March 7, 2018 at 7:31 AM Wet weather returns later this week – maybe for an extended period. Odds are increasing that the unsettled weather pattern will continue through at least mid-March across California. Are we in for a Miracle March?
March 6, 2018 at 6:48 AM Dry and mild today, weak storm system on tap for Wednesday night into Saturday. This storm will not be as cold or as wet as last week’s storm. Light valley rain is possible with mountain snow (less than a foot) down to around 5000-6000 feet.
March 5, 2018 at 12:58 PM
#CombieInc. [Final] Combie Rd, Lake of the Pines, Nevada Co. CAL FIRE/ Higgins Fire Protection District. The office unit is used as a tutoring center. One of the students said they smelled smoke and wouldn’t stop until teachers called 9-1-1. If you see something say something. pic.twitter.com/zjMkO8nO4k
— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) March 5, 2018
March 5, 2018 at 12:25 PM
#CombieIncident. Combie Road, Lake of the Pines, Nevada County. CAL FIRE/ Higgins Fire Protection District firefighters report fire extinguished. Ignition source appears to be faulty wiring. Everyone is evacuated. No injuries. pic.twitter.com/gn0tzi7wuE
— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) March 5, 2018
March 5, 2018 at 9:49 AM Non-injury solo vehicle accident on McCourtney Rd near Indian Springs Rd.
March 5, 2018 at 7:32 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
March 5, 2018 at 7:27 AM Milder daytime temperatures return today. Dry weather with frosty mornings are in store for interior NorCal through Tuesday. Another weather system moves in midweek, this one much warmer and weaker than our previous storms. Low precipitation accumulations are expected with this system.
March 4, 2018 at 1:18 PM Accident on Hwy 49 at Newtown Road, 2 vehicles involved.
March 4, 2018 at 9:26 AM Rockslide near the South Yuba bridge on Hwy 49 has been cleared.
March 4, 2018 at 7:46 AM Showers today, then a brief dry period before the next system arrives. Drier weather returns through mid week, with possible morning fog/frost, a warming trend, and mostly sunny skies. Wet weather is expected to return Wednesday night, possibly continuing into next weekend.
March 3, 2018 at 6:42 PM Law enforcement was converging on the area of Deer Creek School in Nevada City after reports of gunshots. Another caller reports it was fireworks, not gunshots.
March 3, 2018 at 5:41 PM Vehicle slid off the roadway on North Bloomfield at Bush Road.
March 3, 2018 at 5:15 PM Car stuck, blocking the roadway on McCourtney Road at Allison Ranch Road.
March 3, 2018 at 4:31 PM Big rig slid backwards on East Empire. Thanks to a reader for the report.
March 3, 2018 at 4:02 PM Two car accident on the East Bennett off ramp on northbound Hwy 49. Emergency services en route.
March 3, 2018 at 3:58 PM Vehicle into a pole on Adams Street near Squirrel Creek Road in Grass Valley. No injuries reported.
March 3, 2018 at 1:43 PM Norlene IC releasing the ambulance who responded to the fire as a precautionary measure and has declared the fire contained.
March 3, 2018 at 1:35 PM Norlene IC is requesting PG&E to respond to the fire.
March 3, 2018 at 1:34 PM Norlene IC is reporting progress in suppression.
March 3, 2018 at 1:13 PM Heavy flames showing from the house now, the residence is clear of occupants. Firefighters are starting suppression.
March 3, 2018 at 1:12 PM First unit has arrived on Norlene Way reports smoke showing, they will be checking on occupants.
March 3, 2018 at 1:08 PM Structure fire on Norlene Way in Alta Sierra, called in by a neighbor. Numerous resources en route to the incident. Neighbor believes the residence to be occupied.
March 3, 2018 at 10:15 AM Vehicle stuck, blocking the roadway on the Nevada City Highway and Banner Lava Cap Road.
March 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM Accident on Brunswick Road at Greenhorn. Emergency services en route.
March 3, 2018 at 9:35 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
March 3, 2018 at 9:14 AM In Nevada County, State Route 20 is closed eastbound at Nevada City, and westbound at the intersection of Interstate 80 and State Route 20, due to traction problems. There is no estimated time of opening. A detour is not available.
March 3, 2018 at 9:11 AM Cold and snowy winter storm continues through Saturday night. Light accumulations will continue for mountains north of I-80 through Sunday. Another storm is possible for the middle of next week, but timing and details remain uncertain as this point.
March 3, 2018 at 12:11 AM Accident on Newtown Road, off Hwy 49, CHP en route.
March 2, 2018 at 11:34 PM Accident on Hwy 174 at Laws Ranch Cross Road, one driver fled the scene.
March 2, 2018 at 9:09 PM Both lanes blocked on North Bloomfield Road near Coyote Street, tree in the roadway.
March 2, 2018 at 9:01 PM Accident on Hwy 49, two cars involved at 49 and Cement Hill. CHP en route.
March 2, 2018 at 8:30 PM A driver got stuck on Carrie Drive at Dog Bar Road and left the vehicle – in the middle of the road. CHP on scene, driver has not called a tow truck.
March 2, 2018 at 8:10 PM Turning all traffic on EB I-80 at Colfax due to multiple spin outs at Drum. No ETO.
March 2, 2018 at 8:02 PM Travel is not recommended at this time on Hwy 174, 49 or 20.
March 2, 2018 at 8:00 PM Vehicle of the roadway on Hwy 49 and Brunswick. CHP and firefighters on scene.
March 2, 2018 at 7:51 PM Non-injury accident on Brewer Road at Lawrence Way. CHP on scene.
March 2, 2018 at 6:55 PM Chains or 4WD now required all the way from Placerville to Meyers on Highway 50.
March 2, 2018 at 6:37 PM Hwy 174 from Brunswick Road/ Cedar Ridge at “Y”: 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).
March 2, 2018 at 6:36 PM Hwy 49 between Nevada City and Grass Valley: 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).
March 2, 2018 at 6:04 PM Non-injury accident on North Bloomfield, one vehicle vs parked cars and one oncoming car.
March 2, 2018 at 4:54 PM One person was transported to the hospital following the accident on Tyler Foote and Murphy Road. PG&E crews are on scene replacing the damaged power pole.
March 2, 2018 at 2:17 PM A snowboarder missing since yesterday afternoon was found deceased this morning at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
March 2, 2018 at 2:07 PM Vehicle vs pole on Tyler Foote Road and Murphy Road.
March 2, 2018 at 9:16 AM Truckee Police: Heavy Snow Overnight – SLOW down, give yourself extra time & provide extra room around emergency vehicles & snow removal equipment. Officers and volunteers are on scene at numerous traffic collisions and spin-outs throughout town. Estimated times for tow trucks is increasing. It is beginning to snow again and heavy snow is expected throughout the day. Let’s all give each other extra space and reduce our speed to prevent collisions and injury.
March 2, 2018 at 9:13 AM Nevada County Public Works en route to sand Pittsburg Mine Road and Merrill Court. Cars stuck in the roadway, can’t get off the black ice.
March 2, 2018 at 8:24 AM Caltrans: EB I-80: All trucks released. MAX Chain controls Alta to Stateline. EB trucks released Hwy 20 W chain controls Nevada City to I-80. Roadways remain slippery so take it slow.
March 2, 2018 at 8:20 AM Thanks to reader Katy for this photo of the top of Washington Road this morning. Be careful out there!
March 2, 2018 at 6:59 AM Traffic being held on US Highway 50 at Twin Bridges and Meyers due to spin outs.
March 2, 2018 at 6:56 AM Due to the weather, El Dorado County CA offices in Tahoe are closed today, except for essential services.
March 2, 2018 at 6:48 AM Vehicle accident on Rough&Ready Hwy at West Drive. Emergency services en route.
March 2, 2018 at 5:53 AM Chains required on I-80 from Colfax to the Nevada state line.
March 2, 2018 at 5:40 AM Additional periods of snow will continue into the weekend. Periods of moderate to heavy snow will continue through Saturday across the foothills and mountains of interior NorCal. One to two feet of additional snowfall are expected in the mountains with up to a foot of additional snow expected some foothill locations. Portions of the northern Sacramento Valley, including Redding, may see some light snow this morning but significant accumulations are not expected there. In addition to the snow, gusty winds will bring reduced visibility at times. Travel over the mountains is highly discouraged, as conditions will be extremely hazardous.
March 2, 2018 at 5:28 AM On Hwy 20 in Nevada City, all truck trailer combinations are being turned around at the chain control camper due to traction problems over Donner Summit.
March 2, 2018 at 5:26 AM Per NCCFire: Morning commuters will possibly be impacted on Alta Sierra Dr. between Little Valley and Ball for a tree into power lines. Hard closures are in effect, use alternative route.
March 1, 2018 at 8:11 PM 413 homes out of power in the Camptonville area. PG&E assessment crew is en route to the outage.
March 1, 2018 at 6:43 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 20 between the Rough&Ready turnoff and Penn Valley. No injuries reported, emergency services on scene.
March 1, 2018 at 6:22 PM Downieville yard declining to shut down Hwy 49, Old Gold Lake Rd is bermed off, Hwy 49 will remain open.
March 1, 2018 at 5:48 PM Hyw 49 in Sierra County closed from Gold Lake Hwy to the junction of Hwy 89 due to a car with a 25ft trailer blocking all lanes – no tow truck available for the oversized load.
March 1, 2018 at 4:52 PM The Nevada City Veteran’s Memorial Building will be serving as a warming shelter on Saturday, starting at 4:30pm. Tonight and Friday the shelter is at Seaman’s Lodge in Pioneer Park.
March 1, 2018 at 3:07 PM
On scene of a tractor-trailer over the embankment near Tahoe City. Truck was not chained up. Driver lost vision due to sudden white out and couldn’t see past the front of his truck & drove off Highway 89. pic.twitter.com/TfIvQl43fg
— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) March 1, 2018
March 1, 2018 at 2:50 PM Per Caltrans: I-80 EB and WB now OPEN but to passenger vehicle traffic only. Trucks being turned around.
March 1, 2018 at 12:47 PM Rockslide on Hwy 49 past North San Juan near the Middle Fork bridge.
March 1, 2018 at 12:45 PM Traffic hazard of McCourtney Road near Thoroughbred Loop. Tree top broke off, blocking the roadway in the southbound lane. CHP and emergency services en route.
March 1, 2018 at 12:14 PM Tree into power lines, tree is starting to catch on fire on Rough&Ready Highway and Bitney Springs Road. Firefighters en route.
March 1, 2018 at 11:22 AM Roadway now open on Hwy 174 at Jewett Lane. The top of a tree broke off and struck the cabin of the big rig. Emergency services checked the patient for injuries. Expect delays in the area to resorb quickly.
March 1, 2018 at 11:20 AM Solo vehicle accident at the Hwy 20/49 intersection near Empire Street in Grass Valley, possible medical emergency. Emergency services on scene.
March 1, 2018 at 11:13 AM I-80 is CLOSED between Colfax & Truckee.
March 1, 2018 at 10:57 AM Due to adverse road conditions and predicted blizzard conditions for the Truckee area, the Truckee Ranger District office will be closed Thursday, March 1, 2018.
March 1, 2018 at 10:54 AM Accident on Hwy 174 at Jewett Lane, lanes are blocked. Emergency services en route.
March 1, 2018 at 10:07 AM A large rock is in the roadway on Hwy 49 at the South Yuba River, use extreme caution.
March 1, 2018 at 8:41 AM PG&E crews are replacing a broken power pole on Railroad Ave in Grass Valley. 34 customers still out of power.
March 1, 2018 at 8:34 AM Outage has been reduced to 39 homes along Alison Ranch Road. PG&E crews are on site.
March 1, 2018 at 8:12 AM Power outage affecting 269 homes along Alison Ranch Road and extending to Sky Pines Road just outside of Alta Sierra. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location.
March 1, 2018 at 8:04 AM Power has been restored in Grass Valley on East Bennett and surrounding areas.
March 1, 2018 at 7:37 AM Tree blocking the roadway on Smartsville Road just off Hwy 20. No ETA for reopening, traffic control in place.
March 1, 2018 at 7:27 AM Moderate to heavy precipitation with gusty winds today – low snow levels especially Friday morning. A cold Pacific frontal system will move through northern California over the next few days. Moderate to heavy precipitation will fall today including heavy snowfall over the higher elevations as the main cold front crosses through Norcal. Gusty winds will accompany this cold front. The main upper low will bring periods of rain and lower elevation snow Friday and Saturday. Thunderstorms will also be possible each afternoon through Saturday especially over the valley.
March 1, 2018 at 7:16 AM One lane blocked on Rough&Ready Highway at Valley Drive. Large branch in the roadway.
March 1, 2018 at 7:15 AM Road hazard on Hwy 174 at Odyssey Lane. The “Dangerous Curve” sign is down in the roadway.
March 1, 2018 at 7:11 AM Power outage affecting 1227 homes in Grass Valley from East Bennett to East Empire Street. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location.
March 1, 2018 at 12:06 AM Several feet of snow are expected in the mountains with a foot or more across some foothill locations. Portions of the northern Sacramento Valley, including Redding, may see accumulating snow Thursday night and Friday. In addition to the snow, strong winds will bring white out and blizzard conditions at times, especially Thursday. Travel over the mountains is highly discouraged, as conditions will be extremely hazardous.
Winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 pm Saturday
* WHAT Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to impossible, especially on Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 feet, with localized amounts in excess of 7 feet above 3500 feet including at pass level. Foothill locations above 2000 feet can expect 8 to 16 inches with local amounts up to 2 feet.
* WHERE Foothills and mountains of interior northern California.
* WHEN Blizzard conditions possible on Thursday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS Significant reductions in visibility are possible along with areas of blowing snow. Wind gusts to 65 mph at higher mountain locations.
March 1, 2018 at 12:01 AM Chain controls are in effect on Hwy 20 from the 5 Mile House to the junction of I-80. Heavy snow of the Sierra summits, chain controls on I-80 and US 50.
March 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM Last month’s log can be found here.