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 email@example.com 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!
November 30, 2017 at 6:43 PM The lanes are open on Hwy 49 south of Combie Rd and all vehicles/equipment have been moved to the shoulder. Traffic is moving slowly. Please be careful for the personnel working on the side of the road.
November 30, 2017 at 6:29 PM Multiple suspects have fled on foot from the collision on Hwy 49 south of Combie Rd. CHP personnel are at the scene investigating. Avoid the area if possible.
November 30, 2017 at 6:26 PM Multi-vehicle collision, possibly with a deer involved on Hwy 49 south of Combie Rd. All northbound lanes are blocked. Expect delays.
November 30, 2017 at 6:22 PM CHP update on Hwy 49 near McKnight: This collision has been cleared and the roadway is returning to normal.
November 30, 2017 at 5:52 PM CHP Update: People are walking around in the roadway near the collision. @GrassValleyPD is assisting with traffic control. Expect major delays, especially southbound on SR-49 through Grass Valley.
November 30, 2017 at 5:47 PM CHP Grass Valley: Multi-vehicle collision on Hwy 49 at McKnight Way. Southbound lanes partially blocked. Please avoid the area if possible.
November 30, 2017 at 7:37 AM Warm(ish) daytime and widespread freezing nighttime temps this weekend. Looks dry through the end of the work week with patchy late night and morning valley fog. Daytime temperatures will be near to a little above normal. The next chance of precipitation for interior NORCAL will be over the weekend as a weak system moves through the area.
November 29, 2017 at 2:15 PM Traffic hazard on Red Dog Rd at Pasquale Rd. One lane is blocked.
November 29, 2017 at 8:47 AM Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive has a construction crew blocking the lanes. Please reduce speed in the area, the flagger is relatively close to the work site. Traffic is backed up, use alternate route if possible.
November 29, 2017 at 7:34 AM Dry through Friday, a chance of precip over the weekend. Looks dry through the end of the work week. Daytime temperatures will be near to a little above normal. The next chance of precipitation for interior NORCAL will be over the weekend.
November 29, 2017 at 7:30 AM Widespread fog in the lower elevations and on the east side of Donner side on I-80. Please reduce your speed and use extra caution, watch for wildlife more than usual.
November 28, 2017 at 7:29 AM Drier weather expected across NorCal this week. A weak weather system will bring a slight threat of showers to far northern California today and tonight, otherwise dry weather is expected through the end of the week. Daytime temperatures will be near to a little above normal. The next chance of precipitation for NORCAL will be over the weekend.
November 27, 2017 at 3:32 PM Both lanes are blocked on Rough&Ready Hwy near Bonanza Way. Use an alternate route if possible.
November 27, 2017 at 3:11 PM Vehicle rollover accident on Rough&Ready Hwy, emergency services are en route.
November 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM Various debris in the roadway on southbound Hwy 49 at the Idaho Maryland off ramp.
November 27, 2017 at 11:36 AM Eldorado National Forest: MORMON EMIGRANT TRAIL: The last storm dropped snow down to 3500 feet in elevation which essentially closed Mormon Emigrant Trail to passenger vehicles (2wd) as the east end is at about 7900 feet. We do not advise traveling on this road.
November 27, 2017 at 9:31 AM Caltrans: Chain controls have been lifted on 80, 50 and 89 Sierra highways, but roads are still slick. Reduce speed. Check quickmap.dot.ca.gov/mindex.html for current conditions.
Hudson Way is blocked about 1/2 mile from North Bloomfield, trees and debris in the roadway.
Hudson is a private road leading up to Round Mountain in the Lake Vera area.
Please watch for trees and rocks on rural roads and report any downed trees, power lines or mud/rock in the roadway. Be safe everyone.
November 27, 2017 at 8:36 AM Thanks to reader Susi Lippuner for this photo of the Truckee River a few years ago. Bet it looks much the same today! Winter is definitely on its way. Take some extra time when driving today, fog in the lower elevations and icy roads higher up demand attention and safe driving.
Happy Monday everybody 🙂
Chain controls in effect I-80 Alta to Truckee. Trucks minimum.
Be prepared for winter driving and take it slow!
November 27, 2017 at 7:05 AM A few lingering showers this morning, then clear and dry weather for the week. The second in a pair of Pacific cold fronts will move into the Sierra this morning. A few lingering showers will continue over the valley this morning but for the most part rainfall should end in the valley during the morning commute hours. Snowfall will continue over the Sierra through about 11 am with snow levels dropping to around 4000 feet. High pressure pushing in off the Pacific will bring an end to the Sierra snowfall this afternoon.
November 26, 2017 at 2:46 PM
This storm is producing lots of water on the road resulting in low visibility! Increase your travel distance between you and the car ahead of you! 🚗_____🚙
— NCCFIRE (@NCCFIRE) November 26, 2017
November 26, 2017 at 2:41 PM Now both lanes of Hwy 174 at Law Ranch Crossing are flooded. All cars are using the southbound lane. Emergency services are en route.
November 26, 2017 at 2:18 PM According to a reader, the northbound lane of Hwy 174 is flooded at Laws Ranch Crossing. Reduce your speed and use caution in the area.
November 25, 2017 at 9:46 AM Rain and snow return Sunday. Dry weather is expected across Northern California today, but the next storm system is on the way! Rain is expected across the region on Sunday, with snow over the mountains Sunday night into early Monday. This is a typical storm by our standards, the kind that we see many of through the course of a winter.
Enjoy your family and friends. Everything else can wait until Monday.
Susan and Pascale
November 23, 2017 at 10:40 AM Mild, a few showers with a definite chance of gravy. Light amounts of precipitation are forecast across interior NorCal today, mainly to the north of Interstate 80.
November 22, 2017 at 10:13 AM Periods of Light Rain into Holiday Weekend, Possible Mountain Snow Early Next Week. Mild temperatures this week, with weak weather systems possible on Thanksgiving and Saturday. Limited impacts through the holiday weekend from slick roads due to rain as warm, weak systems pass through.
November 21, 2017 at 9:09 AM A large rock and some debris in the roadway on Hwy 49 near Shoshoni Trail Ct. and John Barleycorn Rd. Use caution in the area.
November 21, 2017 at 9:06 AM As a reminder, the Food Bank of Nevada County is holding their Turkey giveaway today until 10 am.
November 21, 2017 at 8:31 AM Warm temperatures with mainly dry weather for the rest of the week. The storm track has begun to shift northward as high pressure builds into Northern California. Warmer and drier weather are expected the next few days across the region.
November 20, 2017 at 7:13 AM A few sprinkles today, then mainly dry and above normal temperatures for the rest of the week. Hitting the road this week? Chances for rain are in the forecast this week across interior northern California. Snow levels for the mountains will be above 10,000 feet, so mountain travel will be wet but snow-free. Travel safely, and don’t forget to check the forecast before you go!
November 19, 2017 at 2:27 PM A reader is reporting a poor defenseless Christmas tree on southbound Hwy 49 between Brunswick and Dorsey Drive. Use caution in the area and watch for elves.
November 17, 2017 at 8:56 PM 99 homes out of power on Willow Valley, Genasci and Lewis Roads. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location. Estimated time of restoration is 10:45.
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November 17, 2017 at 9:10 AM NWS update: Storm system will move east of California today with dry weather returning by this afternoon and Saturday. Patchy fog will be possible late tonight and early Saturday, especially in valleys. Unsettled weather returns for much of the upcoming week, but the exact details remain uncertain.
November 17, 2017 at 8:17 AM Non-injury traffic collision on Alta Sierra Drive between Little Valley and Ball Road. Emergency services are on scene. Please use caution in the area and reduce speed.
November 17, 2017 at 6:38 AM Clearing skies today, nice fall weekend ahead. High pressure pushing in over the west coast will bring fair skies back to northern California this weekend.
With the clearer skies and surface moisture from rain earlier in the week, nighttime valley fog is likely to return. This fog could become locally dense this weekend so drive with caution if traveling during the nighttime and morning hours through the central valley.
November 16, 2017 at 1:08 PM Union Hill School is in shelter in place mode after someone reported shots fires near the school. There have been NO shots fired at the school. Bell Hill Academy is still reported to be in lockdown for the same reason.
November 16, 2017 at 10:53 AM Accident on eastbound I-80 just east of Clipper Gap. Two vehicles spun out. Use extreme caution in the area and reduce speed.
November 16, 2017 at 10:10 AM Power outage affecting 8 customers on Cypress Court and Moon Valley Road off Newtown Road in Nevada City. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location.
November 16, 2017 at 10:08 AM North Bloomfield Road is currently closed at Cooper Road after last night’s accident. PG&E and AT&T are replacing 3 poles and repairing the damaged lines. No ETA for reopening available. Thanks to reader Sandy for the update!
November 16, 2017 at 10:01 AM Non-injury accident on northbound Hwy 49 at the Idaho-Maryland on ramp. Tow en route.
November 16, 2017 at 9:07 AM Storm continues through tonight, brief dry spell over the weekend. A Pacific frontal system will be moving through northern California today bringing rain and mountain snow. Once this system moves through tonight and Friday morning, skies will clear making for a dry weekend with a little warming each day.
November 16, 2017 at 1:05 AM Vehicle into a pole on Cooper Road, off North Bloomfield Road. Both the pole and the phone lines are in the roadway.
November 15, 2017 at 4:16 PM ICYMI: Headlights on when the windshield wipers are going. Yes, it’s the law.
November 15, 2017 at 7:08 AM Periods of heavy rain, wind and heavy mountain snow possible today through Thursday. Heaviest precipitation expected in the eastern foothills and mountains from this afternoon through Thursday afternoon. Breezy to windy conditions over Interior Northern California today and Thursday with very strong winds in the mountains, especially near the Sierra Nevada crest. Motorists traveling into the mountains today and Thursday should be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions. Drier weather expected Friday into Saturday, then another system could impact the region Sunday into early next week.
November 14, 2017 at 6:12 PM Numerous calls about a fire visible on Oregon Peak in the Dobbins area. This is the prescribed burn announced yesterday by the CHY logging company. It is not a wildfire, these are slash piles being burned. An engine from Dobbins Fire is en route to check on the piles.
November 14, 2017 at 7:37 AM Truckee Police are responding to several reports of vehicles sliding off the road due to icy conditions in town. Please reduce your speed and watch out for emergency vehicles in town this morning.
November 14, 2017 at 6:37 AM Dry today, heavy rain and mountain snow expected Wednesday and Thursday. Wet weather returns over Interior Northern California Wednesday through Thursday night as a colder storm to the north combines with a warmer wetter system to the south. Periods of heavy rain and heavy mountain snow are possible. Motorists traveling into the mountains Wednesday and Thursday should be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions. Drier weather expected Friday into Saturday.
November 13, 2017 at 6:40 PM Vehicle off the roadway on westbound I-80 at Baxter. Solo vehicle accident with possibly the driver needing extrication. Emergency services are en route.
November 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM The CHY Company will be burning piles located in the Oregon Ridge area of Yuba County – 71acres, just north of the Oregon Peak Lookout. Burning is set to start later today and tomorrow, lasting 3 days. Some smoke may be seen from the Dobbins area as well as along Oregon Hill Road.
November 13, 2017 at 10:42 AM The roadway is blocked after an accident on Rough&Ready Hwy near Valley Drive. Emergency services are en route.
November 13, 2017 at 10:16 AM Watch for fire engines on I-80 eastbound near the Newcastle exit. Firefighters are on scene of a brush fire.
November 13, 2017 at 7:27 AM Weak storm system moving through today and Tuesday. Our next system moves in on Monday. Snow levels look to stay high but some light accumulation will be possible mainly later Monday and Monday night.
November 11, 2017 at 8:52 AM Dense Fog Advisory until 11 AM PST this morning. Clear skies and surface moisture from recent rains has allowed fog to form this morning in the central and southern Sacramento valley and northern San Joaquin valleys. This fog has become locally dense. Motorists should exercise extra caution this morning while driving due to rapidly changing visibilities across the valley areas. Fog is expected to dissipate later this morning as temperatures increase.
November 11, 2017 at 8:50 AM Dry and chilly today, next storm system arrives early Monday. Dry weather and slightly warmer temperatures for today. Our next storm arrives during the day Sunday into Monday with another round of widespread rain & high elevation snow. This system looks a little drier than this week’s storm. Models are showing another storm system next Wednesday, but there is still some uncertainty with precipitation amounts and snow levels.
November 10, 2017 at 1:01 PM Minor injuries reported at the accident on Lime Kiln Road. One lane is partially blocked.
November 10, 2017 at 12:05 PM Two car accident on Lime Kiln Road near Duggans Road. Units en route.
November 10, 2017 at 8:57 AM Two storm systems will impact NorCal next week. Hit or miss showers possible today. Many areas may remain dry. Snow levels will be near or just below pass levels but little to no accumulations are expected. Dry weather and slightly warmer temperatures for the weekend. Our next storm arrives during the day Sunday into Monday with another round of widespread rain & high elevation snow. This system looks a little drier than this week’s storm. Models are showing another storm system next Wednesday, but there is still a lot of uncertainty with precipitation amounts and snow levels so stay tuned!
November 9, 2017 at 5:44 AM Unsettled pattern continues through Friday, then more precip after a brief break over the weekend. Rain, high elevation snow, and breezy winds through Friday. Dry weather for Saturday and Sunday. Another system will bring additional precipitation Sunday night and Monday.
November 8, 2017 at 9:24 AM Yuba River R.D. will be moving their pile burning operations to the Garden Point area today, 11/8/2017. The location of the units are on the north side of Bullards Bar Reservoir and in the area of Garden Point Campground. Smoke will be visible from multiple locations and fire resources will be on-site. Please drive with caution when traveling through this are.
November 8, 2017 at 7:23 AM Breezy southerly winds today ahead of wet weather pattern returning. A Pacific weather system will move through northern California over the next few days bringing unsettled weather. Periods of light rain today will be followed by more steady rain and higher elevation snow tonight and early Thursday as the cold front moves through northern California. Showers will follow late Thursday and Friday as the associated low pressure system moves onshore.
November 7, 2017 at 6:17 PM Both lanes on Hwy 49 are now open. Please be patient as the traffic jam resolves and drive safe.
November 7, 2017 at 6:13 PM One lane now open on southbound Hwy 49 passed McKnight.
November 7, 2017 at 5:48 PM Southbound Hwy 49 will remain closed for approximately 30 minutes just south of McKnight while the vehicles are being removed. Use an alternate route if possible.
November 7, 2017 at 5:32 PM Two vehicle accident on southbound Hwy 49 just south of McKnight. Traffic is at a standstill.
November 7, 2017 at 6:57 AM Dry and cool today, next storm system on track for Wednesday night arrival. Dry weather & fall temperatures expected Tuesday before a weather system moves into NorCal Wednesday – Friday. This system expected to be similar in strength to last week’s system, though snow levels will be higher.
November 6, 2017 at 6:59 PM Non-injury accident on northbound Hwy 49 at Lime Kiln Road. Units are en route.
November 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM Kelly Rhoden, Principal at Nevada Union High School, reached out to parents after rumors ran rampant about the altercation reported below:
I am calling to help stop the rumors that were started over an incident that occurred at Nevada Union High School today. We did have one incident today with one student that required law enforcement’s involvement. Multiple law enforcement responded and the situation was diffused quickly. There were no drugs, no stabbing, or violence to any staff members or students. The students at Nevada Union High School were safe at all times. We never found a need to lock down and all students were released on time and busses left on time. Thank you to everyone for the show of support and to law enforcement for handling this situation quickly and without incident.
November 6, 2017 at 4:20 PM Per a preliminary report by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office: An assault involving a student and a peace officer took place at NU. There were no weapons involved. Medical evaluation is ongoing.
November 6, 2017 at 4:06 PM Regarding the law enforcement and firefighter presence at NU. There has been a report of an altercation. More details once we confirm facts.
November 6, 2017 at 3:04 PM Car vs deer near the 15000 block of Indian Springs Road.
November 6, 2017 at 11:55 AM Small grass fire on eastbound I-80 at Penryn Road. Placer Fire units are en route.
November 6, 2017 at 10:40 AM Today Yuba River Ranger District will be continuing pile burning along Marysville Road. They are planning for 13 acres of hand piles but this will be determined on the results they are getting and what the smoke is doing. This unit is located along Marysville Road and across the from Rebel Ridge Trailhead. Smoke will be visible and fire resources will be on-site. Please drive with extra caution when traveling through this area. Fire apparatus and personnel will be along the roadway.
November 6, 2017 at 9:49 AM Car down the embankment, into a tree, on Tyler Foote and Grizzly Hill Road. Units en route.
November 6, 2017 at 8:52 AM Via Truckee Fire Protection District: CAL FIRE will be burning debris piles near the Truckee airport. Expect lots of smoke in the area of the airport and Joerger Dr. visible from Highway 267. If you have questions call 530-582-9471.
November 6, 2017 at 8:29 AM Reported traffic hazard on Hwy 20 at the Penn Valley Drive turnoff ramp.
November 6, 2017 at 7:03 AM As CAL FIRE burn bans are lifting at 8:00 am, please remember you still need a valid burn permit and check if it is a permissible burn day!
November 6, 2017 at 6:33 AM Showers tapering off today, next system arrives Wednesday. The unsettled weather pattern continues for Northern California! A weak weather system has begun to move through the region, and may bring a few showers through early Monday from Interstate 80 northward. A stronger system then arrives toward the middle of the upcoming week, and is currently projected to bring more rain than we saw the last few days.
November 5, 2017 at 12:18 PM Firefighters are making good progress on the small fire on Birchville. Containment is imminent. Fire is estimated at 1.5 to 2 acres. All resources will be committed for approximately 2 hours.
November 5, 2017 at 12:12 PM First unit at scene on Birchville reports small fire, very low rate of spread. Attempting to make access now.
November 5, 2017 at 11:56 AM Reported vegetation fire, with possibly power lines down on Birchville Road, San Juan Ridge. Reported as approximately the size of a car. North San Juan Fire, Prevention officer, one CAL FIRE engine and one battalion chief en route.
November 5, 2017 at 10:34 AM Accident at Jackass Flats is a non-injury, solo vehicle accident per CHP.
November 5, 2017 at 10:31 AM Accident on Jackass Flats Rd / Tyler Foote Rd on the San Juan Ridge. Units en route.
November 5, 2017 at 9:42 AM Good progress on the fire on Stoney Falls. The structure is fully involved and a total loss. Firefighters have mitigated the threat to the wildland and will remain on scene for several hours for mop-up.
November 5, 2017 at 9:25 AM Numerous engines are on scene at a residential structure fire with extension to the wildland on Stoney Falls Drive in Auburn.
November 4, 2017 at 3:16 PM Accident on Hwy 174 near Redberry Road. Emergency services on scene. Watch out for engines and slow down.
November 4, 2017 at 12:45 PM From a reader: Single vehicle accident northbound Hwy 49 just ahead of Lone Star Road. Reportedly the car rolled over after hitting a CHP trailer on the side of 49.
November 4, 2017 at 12:33 PM Northbound lane of Hwy 174 at North Meadow View Drive is flooded.
November 3, 2017 at 4:54 PM Vehicle into a ditch on Hwy 174 just south of Redberry Road. Lanes are partially blocked.
November 3, 2017 at 4:53 PM Vehicle vs tree on Greenhorn Road near Yama Way.
November 3, 2017 at 4:46 PM Stolen vehicle recovered after pursuit near Lime Kiln Road, suspect in custody.
November 3, 2017 at 4:01 PM Overturned vehicle on Dog Bar Road near Emery Lane. Emergency services on scene.
November 3, 2017 at 3:56 PM Vehicle over the embankment on Hwy 20 at Nevada Street. Emergency services on scene.
November 3, 2017 at 3:07 PM Caltrans District 3 is alerting motorists traveling over the Donner or Echo Summits Friday and Saturday, November 3-4, to be prepared for travel delays. The first of a series of winter storms, including high winds, is predicted to arrive Friday evening and continue through Saturday, resulting in winter driving conditions. A second, less intense storm is predicted to arrive Sunday evening and last into Monday morning.
November 3, 2017 at 8:52 AM Prescribed burns will continue today on the Tahoe National Forest. The Yuba River Ranger District is planning to burn Madrone Springs, Pile Unit B today. This 84-acre unit is located off of Conservation Road and Rock Creek in the Madrone Springs area.
Smoke may be visible near Hwy 20 at Conservation Road. Please watch for firefighters and equipment. The Madrone Springs units are part of the Western Nevada County Community Defense Project.
November 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM Significant rain and mountain snow, mainly tonight through Saturday with gusty winds. Breezy southerly winds are possible as the first wave of a storm system moves through the area. Maximum wind gusts are expected this afternoon through this evening as the front makes its way southward through northern California.
November 2, 2017 at 4:43 PM From a reader: On lane of southbound Hwy 49 at Brunswick near the on ramp is closed. Emergency services are on scene and traffic is backing up. Use an alternate route of possible.
November 2, 2017 at 4:06 PM Non-injury collision on Purdon Rd near Whittlesey Lane outside of Nevada City. Use caution in the area.
November 2, 2017 at 10:17 AM Accident on Brunswick Road at Loma Rica Drive. Traffic is backed up, use caution in the area.
November 2, 2017 at 10:06 AM Yesterday’s prescribed fire on the Truckee Ranger District went well, they were able to burn 104 acres. they plan on burning another 41 acres Thursday, November 2nd near Sagehen Creek on Hwy 89 North, west of the highway. This will only take place as long as weather, fuel conditions, and smoke dispersal remains favorable. Predicted weather forecasts over the week is for a more wet and cold weather pattern. This prescribed fire has been planned for several years however we have not been able to implement due to weather conditions or resource availability. Remember, we live in a fire dependent ecosystem. If we control when and where fires are ignited, we will reduce the threat of a wildfire because the fuel is no longer available to burn. These planned prescribed fires will help reduce wildfires if enough of it is accomplished over the landscape.
November 2, 2017 at 10:04 AM Yuba River Ranger District is planning to conduct underburning at the Bullards Bar Work Center, just east of Bullards Dam and along Marysville Road. They are planning for 50 acres within this area. Smoke will be visible and fire resources will be on-site. Please drive with extra caution when traveling through this area. Fire apparatus and fire personnel will be along this roadway.
November 2, 2017 at 9:56 AM First of two storms moves in tonight, main cold front moving through Friday evening through Saturday. An early season Pacific storm system will be moving through northern California tonight through Monday bringing widespread precipitation. Breezy southerly winds are possible as the first wave of a storm system moves through the area. Secure loose objects.
November 1, 2017 at 8:01 AM Solo vehicle accident reported between Combie and Dry Creek on Hwy 49. Units en route.
November 1, 2017 at 6:31 AM Prescribed fire will continue today on the Yuba River Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest. The units are along Pendola Extension Road and Youngs Hill Road, all within the Pendola area which is just west of Camptonville and east of Bullards Bar Reservoir. Firefighters are on scene and smoke will be visible from the underburn.
November 1, 2017 at 6:21 AM The Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest will continue their prescribed fire today. “Yesterday’s prescribed fire on the Truckee Ranger District went well, we were able to burn 63 acres. We plan on burning another 60-80 acres Wednesday, November 1st near Sagehen Creek on Hwy 89 North, west of the highway. This will only take place as long as weather, fuel conditions, and smoke dispersal remains favorable. Predicted weather forecasts over the week is for a more wet and cold weather pattern. This prescribed fire has been planned for several years however we have not been able to implement due to weather conditions or resource availability,” stated Linda Ferguson, District Fuels Specialist.
November 1, 2017 at 6:15 AM Cooler temperatures today, widespread rain and snow to end the week. Rain & snow are still on track to move into NorCal Thursday through the weekend. Be prepared for hazardous mountain travel beginning late Friday.
November 1, 2017 at 5:59 AM If you are looking for last month’s log, it is available here.