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Report storm damage in Nevada County. Ongoing and large utility power and phone outages in Nevada County since the beginning of the storm, trees in roadways and other damage – we want to hear from you. Do you have trees in the roadway that make it difficult, if not impossible to get out? Tell us. Power lines still down? We want to know. Phone or internet down? Let us know!

December 31, 2021 at 11:23 PM Reported possible vegetation fire on Hilltop Court, Placer Hills. Reported as an explosion across from the residence, caller sees flames in the trees now. Numerous units dispatched.

December 31, 2021 at 9:39 PM Reader Sara Colvin sent some amazing photos, explaining “I live in Alta Sierra and my neighborhood was crushed by the winter storm. I found beauty in the chaos. Yesterday, I took these photos of splintered manzanita and oak.” Thank you for sharing Sara.

Beauty in Chaos-Photo by Sara Colvin

December 31, 2021 at 8:36 PM The Dec. 31 evening update:

  • NEVADA
    • Customers Without Power: 15,240
      Outages: 312
  • EL DORADO
    • Customers Without Power: 12,122
      Outages: 182
  • PLACER
    • Customers Without Power: 6,793
      Outages: 164
  • SIERRA
    • Customers Without Power: 667
      Outages: 14
  • PLUMAS
    • Customers Without Power: 374
      Outages: 4
  • YUBA
    • Customers Without Power: 198
      Outages: 12
  • BUTTE
    • Customers Without Power: 95
      Outages: 10

December 31, 2021 at 6:00 PM A bit of rumor control: According to the Nevada County Emergency Operations Center, there is no truth to the rumor that an elderly person passed away from hypothermia in a local mobile home park. At this time, no fatalities related to the storm have been reported.

December 31, 2021 at 3:00 PM

December 31, 2021 at 2:37 PM Turkeys in the dark, unfazed. Photo by reader Ron in the Peardale area – thanks for sharing.

December 31, 2021 at 1:58 PM Reader Jason reports: Very large tree down intersection Round mountain ranch road and Lake Vera/Purdon road blocking any view of cars heading in direction of river. People drive very fast both directions and the situation at that intersection is dangerous.

December 31, 2021 at 1:52 PM Good news from NWS Sacramento. The latest forecast continues to trend rain and snow amounts lower, with the heaviest precipitation shifting farther north of Interstate 80. Gusty winds are still forecast Monday into early Tuesday.

December 31, 2021 at 1:00 PM From Golden Era Lounge owner Cindy Giardina: Golden Era Lounge in Nevada City has also canceled the NYE Party in the best interest of Staff and Guests. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

File photo

December 31, 2021 at 12:00 PM Resolve2Run 5K 10K Run / Walk is postponed until next Saturday January 8th due to large amounts of snow and ice on and around the course.

The race will start at 10:00 AM at the Chicago Park school. For more information go to www.Resolve2Run.com

December 31, 2021 at 11:22 AM Waste Management resumes operations. WM located large disposal bins in four locations throughout Nevada County. These bins can be used to dispose of perishable items.

Perishable Items Disposal Locations
Eric Rood Administration Center – 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City (behind the jail)
Nevada County Operations Center – 12350 La Barr Meadows, Grass Valley
Condon Park – 544 Butler Street, Grass Valley
DeVere Mautino Park – 10609 Alta Street, Grass Valley

December 31, 2021 at 10:37 AM They are all over the place! From Nevada County: ROADS UPDATE: Nearly all County roadways are open and passable. All roads in Alta Sierra are open to emergency traffic except Ball, Francis, Ragan which require phone company participation which is pending. Lower Colfax, Laws Ranch Cross, Burma, and Rattlesnake are open. @PGE_SactoSierra, @CALFIRENEU, @NevCoOES & Roads personnel task force allowed for the quick removal of downed trees with PG&E lines in them yesterday. AT&T is embedded in today’s task force to address trees that have telecommunications lines in them. We’ve doubled our recon team today with SAR volunteers to assist @PGE_SactoSierra & Roads crews in mapping downed power lines/blocked roads to assess local road access issues. @YubaNet is gathering resident-reported roadway issues: https://yubanet.com/regional/report-storm-damage-in-nevada-county/

December 31, 2021 at 9:48 AM In the interest of the safety of our patrons, volunteers, staff, and the community, the Miners Foundry and Paul Emery Music have made the difficult decision to cancel the New Years Eve Bash. Patrons will be emailed with options regarding their tickets as soon as systems are operable. Stay safe & warm and we’ll see you in 2022!

December 31, 2021 at 9:21 AM Reported residential structure fire, smoke coming out of gas fireplace, on Kingston Way in Colfax. Numerous resources dispatched,

December 31, 2021 at 9:13 AM Cold overnight temperatures, next week’s storm has weakened. Impacts across the Sierra will continue as additional snow and gusty winds will cause renewed travel problems as well as downed trees and powerlines. Breezy winds may cause weakened and/or burned trees/limbs to fall.

December 31, 2021 at 8:37 AM Power pole and lines in the roadway on North Meadow View Drive at the intersection with Hwy 174.

December 31, 2021 at 6:30 AM Power outage update:

NEVADA

Customers Without Power: 16,366
Outages: 260

EL DORADO

Customers Without Power: 13,612
Outages: 161

PLACER

Customers Without Power: 7,509
Outages: 155

SIERRA

Customers Without Power: 699
Outages: 13

PLUMAS

Customers Without Power: 540
Outages: 6

YUBA

Customers Without Power: 214
Outages: 15

December 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM: California Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lake, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Sierra, and Yuba counties due to these winter storms.

December 30, 2021 at 4:40 PM State of emergency continues in Nevada County – Dec. 30 update. Day 4 after the start of the winter storm that devastated a large portion of Nevada County, among other Sierra Nevada counties. Roads are still impassable due to down trees and power lines, no power for 17,437 utility power customers, no phone or internet for thousands, no heat and problems getting food, water and medications. On the other hand, a declared local emergency, a task force of local, state and utility crews, hundreds of first responders, public works, local government staff and residents of the community helping each other. Where are we at?

December 30, 2021 at 10:51 AM The Eric Rood Center and Brighton Greens will remain closed today. All other buildings remain open.

December 30, 2021 at 9:56 AM Freezing low temps through the weekend, another winter storm early next week. Another storm to impact Northern California early next week with strong winds, snow, and rain. Impacts across the Sierra will continue as additional snow and gusty winds will cause renewed travel problems as well as downed trees and powerlines.

December 30, 2021 at 8:26 AM A first look at the damage map, as reported by you. Keep adding to the map!

December 30, 2021 at 7:06 AM Wednesday December 30th Nevada County Facilities Conditions:

Western County Facilities: Western County buildings without power will have a noon start time. This includes the Rood Center, Brighten Greens, and GV Library. All other locations will open at 8:00am.

Eastern County Facilities (Truckee): All Eastern County buildings are open as normal.

December 30, 2021 at 6:44 AM Morning power outage status:

Nevada County: 177 outages affecting 19,714 customers
El Dorado County: 115 outages affecting 19,358 customers
Placer County: 107 outages affecting 9,141 customers
Plumas County: 12 outages affecting 1,096 customers
Sierra County: 13 outages affecting 994 customers
Butte County: 36 outages affecting 553 customers
Yuba County: 18 outages affecting 491 customers

December 29, 2021 at 10:21 PM Report storm damage in Nevada County. Ongoing and large utility power outage in Nevada County since the beginning of the storm, trees in roadways and other damage – we want to hear from you. Do you have trees in the roadway that make it difficult, if not impossible to get out? Tell us. Power lines still down? We want to know.

December 29, 2021 at 10:00 PM Nevada City Courthouse update: The court currently plans to resume normal hours of operations tomorrow, 12/30, as power has been restored to the courthouse and weather conditions have improved.

December 29, 2021 at 9:57 PM Tree across all lanes on Hwy 20 between Scotts Flat and Conservation Road.

December 29, 2021 at 8:32 PM Gas hazard reported on Segsworth off Joerschke Drive. Units dispatched. Possibly the three reported hazards are connected to a main pipeline running along Hwy 49, could be venting. Firefighters and PG&E reps are coordinating.

December 29, 2021 at 8:29 PM Whiting IC reports a PG&E supervisor is now at scene of the gas leak in Grass Valley, one tech has been dispatched to the leak in Nevada City on Ridge Road.

December 29, 2021 at 8:23 PM The gas leak appears to be from a disused pipe, PG&E rep is arriving at scene.

December 29, 2021 at 8:18 PM Gas hazard on Ridge Road near Zion Street, units dispatched.

December 29, 2021 at 6:48 PM Gas hazard is being mitigated.

December 29, 2021 at 6:23 PM Firefighters are checking residences in the Whiting Street and Le Duc Street area. If no smell of natural gas, residents will be advised to shelter in place. PG&E tech has been dispatched.

December 29, 2021 at 6:18 PM Natural gas leak, possibly on Whiting Street in Grass Valley, emergency services are contemplating evacuations due to the amount of gas leaking.

December 29, 2021 at 4:46 PM A down tree is blocking half the roadway on Banner Lava Cap Rd. just up the hill from Gayle Lane.

December 29, 2021 at 4:11 PM Here is a list of county resources currently available.

December 29, 2021 at 3:55 PM

December 29, 2021 at 3:36 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 158 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today (5-day total). Out of 10,245 cases since the start of the pandemic, 200 are active. Two people are hospitalized – none in ICU. [hospital bed capacity was reduced due to power outages]

149,969 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

60,473 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 63.3% of the eligible population 5 years and older.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,433+14
18-291,598+37
30-391,731+30
40-491,339+25
50-641,862+26
65+1,595+13
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 29, 2021 at 3:29 PM Electrical hazard in the North Church Street area in Grass Valley.

December 29, 2021 at 3:26 PM Traffic hazard on Summit Ridge Drive in Cascade Shores.

December 29, 2021 at 3:13 PM

December 29, 2021 at 2:02 PM Madelyn Helling Library main library reopened today, running on a generator. They will be open until 6:00 pm and have outlets and even some chargers for your devices.

December 29, 2021 at 1:35 PM Nevada County Transit Services update: We are currently operating lifeline bus service on routes 1, 3 and 4. Route 1 will offer warming shelter transport between the Madelyn Helling library and the Bear River High School shelter.

December 29, 2021 at 12:48 PM

December 29, 2021 at 12:22 PM Tree into a house on Banner Quaker Hill Road across from Pasquale Road. Emergency services dispatched.

December 29, 2021 at 12:11 PM

December 29, 2021 at 11:56 AM Mother Truckers, Country Store and Natural Selection are currently open. They are pumping propane at the Country Store in case you need some.

December 29, 2021 at 11:30 AM KVMR is back on the air.

December 29, 2021 at 11:26 AM Power has been restored to portions of Nevada City. 176 outages are affecting 23,506 customers.

December 29, 2021 at 11:25 AM California Organics will be closed today due to the weather conditions and for the safety of our staff members. See you tomorrow. Stay safe.

December 29, 2021 at 11:21 AM San Juan Ridge and beyond: Mother Truckers is open for your shopping needs. Store Manager Christian reporting “We are open and just received a shipment of fresh produce. Please drive safe!”

December 29, 2021 at 11:15 AM Urgent update from the City of Grass Valley: Please be aware that the City will be having the power shut off in the Brunswick Basin due to a hazard tree that has the potential to fall onto a major power transformer. City Staff is working diligently to mitigate the threat but estimated time of power restoration is unknown at this time.

December 29, 2021 at 11:15 AM Nevada City courthouse update: Due to the continued power outage, the court will remain closed for the remainder of the day.

December 29, 2021 at 11:12 AM Power has been restored to Lake of the Pines proper. Thanks to reader Scott for the view from above.

December 29, 2021 at 11:09 AM Per reader Robert: Auburn Road between Robinhood Drive and Hwy 49 is hazardous. Two oaks leaning across the roadway, held up by power lines. Use an alternate route of possible.

December 29, 2021 at 10:55 AM Portions of Grass Valley are back on utility power, the “hospital grid” is back up for now.

December 29, 2021 at 10:48 AM Nevada County power outages (affecting 31,043 customers) account for almost a third of all PG&E outages throughout California (94,948 total customers affected.)

December 29, 2021 at 10:42 AM Residential structure fire on Ridgeview Court in Colfax. Smoke coming from under the eaves now after generator caught on fire, was extinguished with water from the hot tub. Numerous resources dispatched.

December 29, 2021 at 10:34 AM All western County buildings will remain closed today.

December 29, 2021 at 10:32 AM Thanks to reader Jaime for sharing this photo of Raven and Indy romping in the snow in the Brunswick area near Town Talk.

December 29, 2021 at 10:26 AM Tree and power lines down, blocking the roadway on Banner Quaker Hill Road.

December 29, 2021 at 10:25 AM BriarPatch Food Coop is closed today due to the storm and the power outage.

December 29, 2021 at 10:14 AM You Bet Road is completely blocked near Poorman Creek Road.

December 29, 2021 at 10:12 AM Multi-car accident on Hwy 49 near Sweetland Road on the San Juan Ridge. A local with a loader is helping by pulling the cars out. No injuries reported.

December 29, 2021 at 9:57 AM A tree is leaning precariously over the Senior Apartments on Dorsey in Grass Valley, firefighters dispatched.

December 29, 2021 at 9:53 AM Grass Valley and the Brunswick area are now included in the 169 outages in Nevada County affecting 32,048 customers. There are no estimates for restoration. According to PG&E, “we are bringing in crews and equipment from other areas to support the Sierra Division. We want customers to know that we are working around the clock to restore power. These storms have delivered an impressive amount of snow to the Sierra Division which makes our work more challenging.”

December 29, 2021 at 9:15 AM Trees blocking the entire roadway on Northview Drive, Forest Knolls in Nevada City.

December 29, 2021 at 9:14 AM Reader Michael reports: About 1 to 2” at 1700 feet on a hill above Penn Valley. The most since 2004 at least.

December 29, 2021 at 9:07 AM Power outage in Lake of the Pines as well. Close to 1,700 customers impacted. Thanks to reader Scott for the photo of his yard in LoP.

December 29, 2021 at 9:04 AM Tree blocking all lanes on Penn Valley Drive at Pleasant Valley Road. Greenhorn Road is completely blocked near Little Greenhorn Road.

December 29, 2021 at 9:02 AM KVMR’s transmitter on Banner Mountain is currently offline. But, you can listen online to the latest update here.

December 29, 2021 at 8:50 AM From a reader: Red Dog Road blocked between You Bet and Red Dog Crossing, multiple trees across the roadway, several residents trapped.

December 29, 2021 at 8:49 AM Banner Lava Cap at Fallen Leaf Lane is blocked.

December 29, 2021 at 8:43 AM Low elevation snow today, another significant winter storm possible early next week. Moderate snow expected over the mountains through today; snow levels 1000-2000 feet across the Sierra Nevada with moderate impacts. Strong system early next week with potential for major impacts.

December 29, 2021 at 8:35 AM Down trees on Seven Cedars Road off Greenhorn Access at Hwy 174.

December 29, 2021 at 8:23 AM Interfaith Food Ministry will be closed today, Wednesday.

December 29, 2021 at 8:20 AM

December 29, 2021 at 8:16 AM Now 173 outages in western Nevada County affecting 25,502 customers.

December 29, 2021 at 7:24 AM Large tree blocking all lanes on Forest View Drive near Northview Drive off Banner Lava Cap.

December 29, 2021 at 7:21 AM Previously restored power in Nevada City along Zion Street is off again.

December 29, 2021 at 7:17 AM Alta Sierra Drive is now closed from Ball to Little Valley Road.

December 29, 2021 at 7:05 AM Tree down across the southbound lane on Duggans Road at Lime Kiln Road.

December 29, 2021 at 6:59 AM Thanks to reader Marian for the snowy Wolf Road photo (elevation 1,500 ft)

December 29, 2021 at 6:57 AM 61 customers out of power on Purdon Road, Murphy Road and Kilham Circle on the San Juan Ridge.

December 29, 2021 at 6:55 AM Additional outages now reported in Penn Valley along Indian Springs Road and Horton (35 customers) and an additional 12 on Pleasant Valley Road and Blackledge Road.

December 29, 2021 at 6:50 AM Alta Sierra Drive near Ball Road is closed due to a propane truck tangled in low-hanging power lines.

December 29, 2021 at 6:45 AM Tree down, blocking the roadway, on Pleasant Valley Road near Wildflower Drive – in front of the Lake Wildwood gate.

December 29, 2021 at 6:42 AM Reports of drivers stuck on Alta Sierra Drive.

December 29, 2021 at 6:41 AM Power lines down, with tree or pole on fire on Lake Wildwood Drive at Cottontail Way.

December 29, 2021 at 6:32 AM Northbound Hwy 49 at Pekolee Drive, vehicle has spun out.

December 29, 2021 at 6:30 AM Nevada County Western County Facilities: All buildings have a delayed start at noon. Eastern County Facilities (Truckee): All buildings will be open. Public safety and essential County services remain open. While buildings are closed and nonessential service times may be delayed, most County services are still occurring remotely.

December 29, 2021 at 6:07 AM 1,167 customers in Lake Wildwood have been added to the outage list for Nevada County

December 29, 2021 at 6:07 AM Multiple spin outs reported on Hwy 49 in both directions of travel near Dorsey Drive, on ramp is blocked.

December 29, 2021 at 5:28 AM The Nevada County court is currently targeting a delayed start at noon today as a result of continued power outages in Nevada City and ongoing adverse weather conditions. We will be revisiting later this morning in the event conditions do not sufficiently improve.

December 29, 2021 at 5:04 AM A big rig is stuck on eastbound Hwy 49 at the Dorsey Drive on ramp.

December 29, 2021 at 4:45 AM Power outages update:

  • Nevada County: 150 outages affecting 20,847 customers. Some of the planned restorations late yesterday did not take place due to more extensive damage and additional snow fall.
  • El Dorado County: 117 outages affecting 20,589 customers.
  • Placer County: 83 outages affecting 9,139 customers
  • Sierra County: 9 outages affecting 619 customers.
  • Yuba County: 14 outages affecting 465 customers.

December 28, 2021 at 5:56 PM Progress update: 126 outages affecting 23,128 customers in Nevada County, close to 5,000 restorations since this morning. Estimated restoration time for a few of the remaining outages have been posted by PG&E:

  • 1,326 customers on a circuit that runs from the Glenbrook Basin north towards Cement Hill, Purdon Road, Rector Road and Hudson Way. Estimated time of restoration is 10:00 pm tonight.
  • 1,147 customers along Red Dog Road to Cascade Shores. Estimated time of restoration is 10:00 pm tonight.
  • 730 customers along Rough and Ready Hwy to Bitney Corner. Estimated time of restoration is 10:00 pm tonight.

December 28, 2021 at 4:46 PM Snow continues into Wednesday, significant winter storm possible early next week. Light rain and snow showers continue through the afternoon. Moderate to heavy snow is forecast over the mountains tonight and Wednesday with a second weather system. A dusting of snow is possible in the northern Sacramento Valley overnight. Snowfall accumulations are also expected in the foothills. Cold but drier weather is expected later in the week.

December 28, 2021 at 3:12 PM Nevada County Office of Emergency Services has declared a Local Emergency as a result of the winter storm. The Board of Supervisors is expected to formally adopt the resolution during a special virtual meeting on Thursday at 2:00 pm.

December 28, 2021 at 2:57 PM

December 28, 2021 at 2:56 PM Possibly live power lines down on Dog Bar Road near Lauren Way.

December 28, 2021 at 2:47 PM Pole sheared off on North Bloomfield just past Coyote Street, live lines on the roadway.

December 28, 2021 at 2:44 PM Gaz hazard on Brewer Road, firefighters dispatched.

December 28, 2021 at 2:11 PM Non-injury accident on Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive, one northbound lane is blocked. Emergency services at scene.

December 28, 2021 at 1:51 PM In addition to the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, a few other Nevada County Library branches now have access to power and will be open for residents to warm up and charge their devices:

  • Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City is open until 6pm this evening. We plan to open shelters again at both the Madelyn Helling Community Room and Nevada City Vets Hall tonight.
  • Penn Valley Library is open until 4pm today.
  • Bear River Library is open from 4-7pm today.

December 28, 2021 at 1:49 PM Christian, Mother Truckers Store Manager letting you know that Mother Truckers is open for your shopping needs.

December 28, 2021 at 1:19 PM Nevada County Facilities Conditions:

Western County Facilities: All buildings closed due to winter road conditions.
Eastern County Facilities (Truckee): All buildings closed due to heavy snow and winter road conditions.

Public safety and essential County services remain open. While buildings are closed and nonessential service times may be delayed, most County services are still occurring remotely. Find online eServices at www.MyNevadaCounty.com/eServices.

December 28, 2021 at 12:38 PM Nevada County Transit Services: Please be advised that we are canceling transit services for today, December 28th. We will continue to evaluate conditions throughout the day and night to make a determination regarding services tomorrow.

December 28, 2021 at 9:35 AM California Organics in Nevada City on Argall Way will open the grocery store at 10:00 am and the restaurant at 11:30, their generator is up and running. Note: Cash or check payments only, internet connectivity is down.

December 28, 2021 at 9:29 AM The Madelyn Helling Community Room at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City will remain open today for residents to warm up and charge up.

December 28, 2021 at 9:23 AM

December 28, 2021 at 8:58 AM Highland IC reports there is nobody answering the door, building seems vacant. Canceling the response.

December 28, 2021 at 8:52 AM Reported residential structure fire, kitchen fire, on Highlands Court in Grass Valley.

December 28, 2021 at 8:39 AM Waste Management update: With weather in the area affecting the safety of our drivers and community, all customers residential waste service will be affected in Grass Valley, Rough and Ready, Smartsville, Penn Valley, Nevada City and we’re unable to service you as scheduled. Your service will now be provided on your next service day. If we’re unable to service you as scheduled, we will collect any excess waste missed due to this event when we complete your next pickup.

December 28, 2021 at 7:50 AM Two outages, affecting 207 customers in western Nevada County, have been resolved, in addition to the 800 yesterday. 27,909 customers affected by 84 outages are still out.

December 28, 2021 at 7:48 AM Power lines down in the roadway on Greenhorn Access Road at the entrance of the Rollins Lake campground.

December 28, 2021 at 7:11 AM Car blocking the roadway on Adamson Drive just north of Magnolia Road in the Higgins area. Emergency services dispatched.

December 28, 2021 at 6:39 AM Homeowner called back, now reports no chimney fire, all units being cancelled.

December 28, 2021 at 6:34 AM Chimney fire reported off Meadow Drive in the Peardale area. Emergency services dispatched.

December 28, 2021 at 6:23 AM From the IFM Food Bank: IFM will be back open for regular food distribution on Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 1pm. People wanting food can drive through and receive food into their vehicles. @ 440 Henderson St. in Grass Valley. We can use extra volunteers if they can safely arrive by 9am.

December 28, 2021 at 6:10 AM Tuesday December 28th Nevada County Facilities Conditions: Western County: Late Opening, (Noon Open) due to winter road conditions. Eastern County (Truckee): All Buildings Closed, Due to heavy snow and winter road conditions.

December 28, 2021 at 5:40 AM Hwy 20 in Nevada City is closed to the junction with I-80. Locals only with ID can proceed, there is no estimated time of reopening.

December 28, 2021 at 5:37 AM As a result of continued power outages in Nevada City (with no ETA for restoration) and poor road conditions – the court will not be in operation today, Tuesday 12/28, in either Truckee or Nevada City.

December 28, 2021 at 5:35 AM Hwy 174 remains closed between Memorial Park in Grass Valley and the Cedar Ridge “Y.”

December 28, 2021 at 4:38 AM Nevada County Connects and Nevada County Now services will not be running in the morning of Tuesday December 28th. Transit Services will evaluate the local conditions by 9:30 AM on Tuesday and will determine if they can resume service at noon on Tuesday 28th.

December 28, 2021 at 4:30 AM Power outage update: There is no estimated time of restoration available yet for the 28,116 customers affected by 86 separate outages in western Nevada County.

December 27, 2021 at 7:18 PM Traffic lights at the intersection of Hwy 49 and La Barr Meadows Road are not functioning. Use extreme caution.

December 27, 2021 at 5:55 PM Low-hanging power lines on Kernite Court near Rector Road outside of Nevada City.

December 27, 2021 at 5:38 PM The National Weather Service predicts continued cold and wet weather tonight and throughout the week.

Considering the weather prediction and widespread power outages, Nevada County and Sierra Roots are activating the Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol for tonight, Monday night, with COVID-19 safety measures in place.

The County is opening two shelters in Nevada City at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room and the lower level of the Nevada City Veterans Hall. The shelters open at 4:30 p.m. and will close at 7:30 a.m. This is a collaborative effort to temporarily shelter residents severely impacted by the current storms and our vulnerable homeless residents.

The shelter is currently open and will close at 7:30 a.m.

December 27, 2021 at 5:28 PM More snapped poles, on Jasper Lane and on Crawford Lane (off Hwy 174) thanks to our readers for the photos!

December 27, 2021 at 5:06 PM

December 27, 2021 at 4:36 PM

December 27, 2021 at 3:29 PM Car stuck in the snow on Ball Road at Alta Sierra Drive.

December 27, 2021 at 3:20 PM Car stuck on New Rome Road at Grunt Hill, blocking access.

December 27, 2021 at 3:08 PM Northbound lane of Hwy 49 is blocked near Quail Creek Road, tree in the roadway.

December 27, 2021 at 2:50 PM Tree blocking the roadway on Dog Bar Road at Leitner Road.

December 27, 2021 at 2:16 PM Southbound Hwy 49 at Old Downieville Road is partially blocked by a tree.

December 27, 2021 at 2:12 PM Winter storm repairs will take time. What we cannot report right now is when roads will be clear again and power restored. Caltrans, first responders and county road crews have been working around the clock to clear roads, remove trees and flag down power lines for the utility workers. Right now, outages in Nevada County represent over 25% of the statewide power outages.

December 27, 2021 at 1:53 PM Reportedly ten vehicles stuck in teh snow on southbound Hwy 49 near Pekolee Drive.

December 27, 2021 at 1:51 PM Power lines across the roadway on Forrest View Drive on Banner.

December 27, 2021 at 1:50 PM Power pole has broken off its base on Alexandra Way at Norlene Way in Alta Sierra, power lines are in the roadway.

December 27, 2021 at 12:37 PM Tree blocking road and power lines down on Burma Road near Cedar Crest Rd. according to reader Keith.

December 27, 2021 at 12:25 PM Reader Liza reports: Several trees and power lines down on Footwall Drive in Grass Valley.

December 27, 2021 at 12:24 PM Brooks Road off Lower Colfax Road, possible power line in the roadway and on a pickup truck. Emergency services dispatched, roadway is blocked.

December 27, 2021 at 11:17 AM Tree and power lines down on Aileen Way near Jamie Lee Court in Alta Sierra.

December 27, 2021 at 11:15 AM Some good news: Cold overnight temperatures may still be seen in portions of the far northern Sacramento Valley and surrounding foothills tonight, but widespread freezing conditions are no longer anticipated. Therefore, the freeze watch has been cancelled for tonight into Tuesday morning.

December 27, 2021 at 10:51 AM Three cars stuck on Carrie Drive in Alta Sierra.

December 27, 2021 at 10:39 AM There is currently no estimated time of restoration for the 30,959 customers out of power in Nevada County. Thanks to reader Diana Gamzon for these photos from Nevada City.

South Pine bridge in Nevada City. Photo Diana Gamzon
Top of Broad Street in Nevada City. Photo Diana Gamzon

December 27, 2021 at 10:26 AM Power lines down on Banner Quaker Road near Pasquale Road.

December 27, 2021 at 10:11 AM

December 27, 2021 at 10:07 AM Nevada County Western County: Updated (All County Buildings Closed for the Day) due to winter road conditions, downed trees and power outages Eastern County: Closed due to heavy snow and winter road conditions

December 27, 2021 at 9:50 AM From reader Ann: At least 4 power poles snapped in half and many trees down on Holly Davo Place, off Rattlesnake Road. She also sent this photo!

December 27, 2021 at 9:30 AM Tree down on Deer Park Drive at Echo Ridge Drive in Grass Valley, the roadway is blocked.

December 27, 2021 at 9:20 AM From reader Bryn: Several trees and power lines are down and blocking Rattlesnake Rd around the Wheeler Cross/Tranquil Lane area.

December 27, 2021 at 9:17 AM Power line down in the roadway on Squirrel Creek Road in Grass Valley.

December 27, 2021 at 9:06 AM Orchard Springs Road is blocked by down tree on the 15000 block.

December 27, 2021 at 9:01 AM Cold temperatures and possible valley/foothill snow Tuesday into Wednesday. Significant low elevation snow will lead to difficult travel conditions and icy or snow-covered roads. Snow levels 1500-2500 feet this morning, lowering to 500-1500 feet this afternoon.

December 27, 2021 at 8:47 AM Tree partially blocking the roadway on Red Dog Road near Caledonia Way in Nevada City.

December 27, 2021 at 8:42 AM Due to road closures, power outages, and continued adverse weather conditions, Nevada City Courthouse will be closed for the day.

December 27, 2021 at 8:22 AM Power lines down across the roadway on Hoppy Hollow at Greenhorn Road.

December 27, 2021 at 8:19 AM Tree into power lines on Martin Way.

December 27, 2021 at 8:11 AM Power lines down across the roadway on the 15000 block of Carrie Drive in Alta Sierra.

December 27, 2021 at 7:59 AM Roadway blocked on the 17000 block of Norlene Way in Alta Sierra.

December 27, 2021 at 7:58 AM Sparking wires over the road on the 11000 block Rough & Ready Hwy at West Hill Rd.

December 27, 2021 at 7:51 AM Tree down on Greenhorn Road just past Leaf Lane.

December 27, 2021 at 7:27 AM Tree fell on a vehicle on Alta Sierra Drive near Joann Way. Tree and power lines in the roadway on Pekolee Drive near little Deer Drive.

December 27, 2021 at 7:17 AM Report from reader Fred: Tree fell on my house on Rambling Rd in GV. Branches through roof.

December 27, 2021 at 7:15 AM Power lines across Hwy 49 at Mountain Air Mobile Home Park.

December 27, 2021 at 7:12 AM Tree down on Hwy 49 near The Golden Chain Motel. All lanes blocked. Tree down across all lanes on McCourtney Road near Bonnie View Way.

December 27, 2021 at 6:43 AM A car is partially blocking the Bennett Street off ramp on eastbound Hwy 49.

December 27, 2021 at 6:18 AM Hwy 49 is closed between Lime Kiln Road and McKnight Way in both directions. Also closed between Newtown Road in Nevada City and Marysville Road in Camptonville.

December 27, 2021 at 6:15 AM

https://twitter.com/CaltransDist3/status/1475469592520626179

December 27, 2021 at 5:56 AM Report by reader Forrest: Tree into propane tank
Tree in powerline
Tree through roof
Three trees suspended on roof
Tree into garage

Total of six trees into structures at my home off of You Bet Road

December 27, 2021 at 5:46 AM Tree down on Hwy 174 at Greenhorn Access Road.

December 27, 2021 at 5:41 AM NWS update: Snow levels are around 2000 feet and they will hold there for much of the morning except over Shasta County where we will start to see them drop, dropping to 500 to 1500 feet by the late morning. Snow levels will be falling in the Sierra during the afternoon falling to 1000 to 1500 feet by the mid to late afternoon. Several inches to a few feet of additional snow accumulation is expected over the Sierra mainly this morning and mainly above 2000 feet.

December 27, 2021 at 5:39 AM Trees were on fire, leaning on the power lines on Swanson Lane in Colfax, until all of the transformers exploded and the whole neighborhood is out of power, according to reader Anthony who shared the photo.

December 27, 2021 at 5:36 AM Several trees down and a big rig stuck on eastbound Hwy 20 between South Ponderosa and Brighton.

December 27, 2021 at 5:35 AM Tree blocking the northbound lanes on Hwy 49 at the Idaho-Maryland Road off ramp.

December 27, 2021 at 5:30 AM 28,931 customers are out of power in western Nevada County from 57 outages. 8,433 in Placer County, 4,499 in El Dorado County.

December 27, 2021 at 5:25 AM Editor’s note: Dreading daylight today, hearing trees and limbs come down – over the generator and wind. Hats off to first responders, road crews and utility workers!

December 27, 2021 at 5:19 AM Power lines down on Moonshine Road at Sioux Trail.

December 27, 2021 at 5:18 AM Car stuck in the snow on northbound Hwy 49 at Indian Flat Road. Tree across all lanes blocking the roadway.

December 27, 2021 at 5:15 AM All Nevada County Connects fixed route bus and Nevada County Now paratransit services are canceled today, December 27th, due to severe weather conditions.

December 27, 2021 at 5:10 AM Eastbound lanes of Rough and Ready Hwy at Bitney Springs Road are blocked by a spun out car.

December 27, 2021 at 5:06 AM Tree into power lines and partially blocking the roadway on Brunswick Road at Loma Rica Drive.

December 27, 2021 at 4:51 AM Power lines down on South Pine Street in Nevada City at the corner of Cross. Thanks to reader Danny for the info.

December 27, 2021 at 4:50 AM Tree blocking the roadway on Magnolia Road at Adamson Drive.

December 27, 2021 at 4:39 AM Tree across the roadway on Norlene Way in Alta Sierra.

December 27, 2021 at 4:37 AM Roadway blocked on southbound Hwy 49 near West Empire Street.

December 27, 2021 at 4:20 AM Tree fell onto an occupied car on Hwy 49 at Crestview Drive. Emergency services at scene.

December 27, 2021 at 4:13 AM Big rig stuck on eastbound Hwy 49 at McKnight Way. The roadway is blocked.

December 27, 2021 at 4:07 AM Multiple trees down on Hwy 49 past North San Juan between Marysville Road and Oregon Creek. The snow plow is working its way north and dealing with the down trees as they come across them. Thanks to reader Jasmine for the photo.

December 27, 2021 at 3:49 AM Tree blocking the roadway on Ragan Way at Ball Road in Alta Sierra.

December 27, 2021 at 3:44 AM Tree down on Kenwood Drive in Grass Valley.

December 27, 2021 at 3:37 AM Trees into a house and cars on Old State Hwy off Hwy 49 in the Alta Sierra area. Power lines in the roadway.

December 27, 2021 at 3:29 AM The Truckee Courthouse will be closed on Monday 12/27 due to road closures and adverse weather conditions. The Nevada City Courthouse will be scheduled to open at noon due to adverse weather conditions.

December 27, 2021 at 3:01 AM Car stuck on the 14000 block of Allison Ranch Road, tree leaning above with live power lines.

December 27, 2021 at 2:50 AM Power lines down on Boulder Street in Nevada City, actively arcing and resting on building.

December 27, 2021 at 2:48 AM Car vs a fallen tree on La Barr Meadows Road at Dog Bar Road.

December 27, 2021 at 2:46 AM The winter storm warning has been extended until 9 pm tonight above 1,000 ft. Heavy snow occurring. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 15 inches, with localized amounts up to 2 feet, are expected. Moderate to heavy mountain snow will continue this morning with snow showers continuing into this evening. Snow levels will generally be between 1500 and 2500 feet lowering Monday afternoon down to 1000 feet, locally lower over Shasta County. Major travel delays and difficult to impossible travel conditions will continue today. Gusty winds will further reduce visibilities with local whiteout conditions possible. Travelers should prepare for winter driving conditions by packing chains, warm winter clothes, and extra food and water. Foothill locations that do not normally receive snow should prepare for wintry conditions.

December 27, 2021 at 2:43 AM Eastbound Hwy 20 at the McCourtney off ramp is blocked by a tree.

December 27, 2021 at 2:40 AM An additional 2,103 customers out of power in the greater Nevada City area.

December 27, 2021 at 2:33 AM Hwy 49 at Smith Road, tree blocking the entire roadway.

December 27, 2021 at 2:20 AM Tree blocking all of Hwy 20 at West Empire Street.

December 27, 2021 at 2:10 AM Two large trees blocking the slow lane on eastbound Hwy 49 at the Idaho Maryland off ramp.

December 27, 2021 at 2:00 AM 1,006 customers out of power in the Peardale area. 1,491 in the La Barr Meadows and Dog Bar Road area, 1,487 along McCourtney Road, 624 in the Greenhorn area, 939 in the Red Dog and Cascade Shores area, 522 in the Newtown area.

December 27, 2021 at 1:59 AM A tree is down on Applegate Lane, the roadway is completely blocked.

December 27, 2021 at 1:58 AM Placer Hills Road is closed due to live wires in the roadway.

December 27, 2021 at 1:55 AM Accident on northbound Hwy 49 at the Gold Flat Road on ramp. Emergency services at scene.

December 27, 2021 at 1:51 AM Roadway blocked on Allison Ranch Road at North Star Mine Road.

December 27, 2021 at 1:41 AM Hwy 49 is closed at Marysville Road in Camptonville due to snow.

December 27, 2021 at 1:32 AM Accident on Hwy 49 at Pekolee Drive, southbound slow lane is partially blocked.

December 27, 2021 at 1:18 AM Large tree branch down on the 1500 block of You Bet Road, roadway is blocked.

December 27, 2021 at 1:17 AM Power lines down on Brook Road near Pine Cone Circle in Grass Valley. Firefighters at scene, the roadway is blocked by power lines.

December 27, 2021 at 1:06 AM Power line into a house, now house reportedly on fire off Hwy 174. Numerous engines dispatched.

December 27, 2021 at 12:59 AM Power outage affecting 309 customers along Hwy 49 in the Forest Springs area and 340 customers along Alta Sierra Drive.

December 27, 2021 at 12:57 AM Interfaith Food Ministry food bank will be closed on Monday due to snow.

December 27, 2021 at 12:53 AM Car stuck in the snow on Walker Drive at Squirrel Creek Road in Grass Valley.

December 27, 2021 at 12:52 AM Powerlines down and a pole on fire on Dog Bar Road at Placer Hills Road. Emergency services at scene, fire now extinguished. Placer Hills Road is closed because of arcing power lines.

December 27, 2021 at 12:51 AM Tree across the roadway on Tokayana Way in Colfax, roadway is blocked.

December 27, 2021 at 12:46 AM Power lines down on Lazzarini Road off Hwy 174 near Shady Glen. Also, tree across Lazzarini, emergency services are at scene.

December 27, 2021 at 12:44 AM Both direction of travel on Sunshine Valley Road near Lower Colfax Road are blocked.

December 27, 2021 at 12:38 AM PG&E outage map shows a very large outage affecting most of the Nevada City, Grass Valley, Peardale, Chicago Park areas. However, utility power is back on after a very short outage here at YubaNet HQ. Waiting for an updated outage map and additional information.

December 27, 2021 at 12:20 AM Hwy 49 is blocked in both directions of travel at Old Downieville Hwy.

December 27, 2021 at 12:18 AM Tree across the Mill Street off ramp of Hwy 20.

December 27, 2021 at 12:01 AM Power outage affecting 80 customers along North Meadow View Drive off Hwy 174. 173 customers out of power along Hwy 174 from Rattlesnake Road to East Empire Street.

December 26, 2021 at 11:46 PM Tree into power lines, now across the roadway on Dark Horse Drive. Emergency services at scene.

December 26, 2021 at 10:23 PM 51 customers out of power along Sontag Road near Greenhorn Access Road. PG&E crew assigned, no estimated time of restoration. 28 customers are without power along Greenhorn Road between Toby Trail and Manion Canyon Road. PG&E crew assigned, no estimated time of restoration.

December 26, 2021 at 9:28 PM Accident on Pleasant Valley Road near Birchville Road, emergency services dispatched.

December 26, 2021 at 9:07 PM Nevada County: Monday December 27th Facilities Conditions: Western County Facilities: Late Opening, (Noon Open) due to winter road conditions. Eastern County Facilities (Truckee): All Buildings Closed, due to heavy snow and winter road conditions.

December 26, 2021 at 8:10 PM Car vs tree on Hwy 20 just west of White Cloud campground. Tree is partially blocking the roadway.

December 26, 2021 at 7:30 PM Vehicle partially blocking the roadway on Brunswick Road near Idaho-Maryland Road.

December 26, 2021 at 7:16 PM Northbound Hwy 49 remains closed from Newtown Road to all through traffic to Downieville.

December 26, 2021 at 6:39 PM 164 customers are out of power in the Town of Washington up to Allegheny, no estimated time of restoration.

December 26, 2021 at 6:16 PM Northbound Hwy 49 just south of Dorsey Drive on ramp, car on the left-hand side spun out.

December 26, 2021 at 5:41 PM Traffic hazard on Sky Pines Ridge Road, just off Hwy 20 east of Nevada City.

December 26, 2021 at 4:26 PM Two cars 20 ft over the embankment on Brunswick Road at East Bennett Road, emergency services at scene.

December 26, 2021 at 4:16 PM Accident involving multiple vehicles on Brunswick Road at Wood Rose Way.

December 26, 2021 at 4:09 PM Multi-vehicle accident on Burma Road near Brunswick Road.

December 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM Winter weather through early this week, freezing temperatures possible Monday night into late week. Overnight snow levels will generally be in the 2000 to 2500 foot elevation for the foothills and near 1000 feet over the north. Colder air will continue to filter into the region on Monday with lowering snow levels down to around 1000 feet. Snow levels should lower down to 1000 feet by mid to late Monday morning over the foothills as the coldest air moves into the region. This system will also bring significant amount of snow to the foothills up to 2 feet near 3000 feet. Showers will diminish late afternoon and evening hours over the Motherlode on Monday.

December 26, 2021 at 3:43 PM Vehicle into a snow embankment on Pittburgh Mine Road near Merrill Court. The roadway is partially blocked.

December 26, 2021 at 3:42 PM Vehicle held by a pole on Hwy 49 at Oregon Creek. Emergency services dispatched.

December 26, 2021 at 3:25 PM Vehicle off the roadway on Hwy 49 at Old Camptonville Road, emergency services at scene, no injuries reported.

December 26, 2021 at 2:50 PM Pittsburgh Mine Road in Grass Valley is blocked by seven cars stuck in the snow.

December 26, 2021 at 10:30 AM Tonight is the first night of Kwanzaa, celebrating the principle of Umoja (Unity.)

December 26, 2021 at 9:54 AM

https://twitter.com/CaltransDist3/status/1475161998711091202

December 25, 2021 at 8:18 PM NWS Sacramento update: Colder air will continue to filter into the region overnight lowering snow levels down to around 1000 feet. We might be able to get up to 5 inches around Grass Valley from this storm with generally 2 to 4 inches in the 2000 to 2500 foot elevation. Snow levels should lower into the higher elevations of the Motherlode this evening lowering after midnight down to 1000 feet by morning.

December 25, 2021 at 4:19 PM Debris flow on Hwy 49 at Old Foresthill Road.

December 25, 2021 at 2:45 PM Hwy 20 is closed to through traffic from Nevada Street to the junction with I-80. Local traffic is OK.

December 25, 2021 at 2:36 PM Roadway flooding on Hwy 49 between Sun Shadow Circle and Nishenam Gulch.

December 25, 2021 at 1:55 PM Hwy 49 is closed from Downieville to the intersection of Hwy 89 due to inclement weather. There is no estimate of reopening.

December 25, 2021 at 1:54 PM

December 25, 2021 at 1:10 PM Accident on northbound Hwy 49 at Welsh Lane, near La Barr Meadows. Roadway is blocked.

December 25, 2021 at 12:41 PM There’s a pig in the roadway on Long Valley Road near Wildrose Court in Penn Valley. Not hamming it up!

December 25, 2021 at 11:10 AM

https://twitter.com/CaltransDist3/status/1474819716925386753

December 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM The tree down on Combie Road also took down power lines, resulting in 629 customers out of power. A crew is assigned to the outage. Combie Road is closed to traffic at this time..

December 25, 2021 at 9:30 AM Tree blocking all lanes on Combie Road at Placer Hills Road. Emergency services at scene.

December 25, 2021 at 8:54 AM Multiple winter storms through next week for the Foothills and Sierra Nevada. Foothill snow likely Saturday night with chances through mid-week with significant accumulations possible. Snow levels lowering to 1500-2500 feet tonight, then lowering again to 1000-2500 feet Sunday morning into Monday. In Shasta County, snow levels may drop to 500 feet Sunday morning. Possibility for snow levels to drop to 500 feet or below at times between Monday and Wednesday. Significant accumulation possible down to 1000-2000 feet through Monday. Lighter accumulations Tuesday and Wednesday.

December 25, 2021 at 7:39 AM Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, Happy Holidays to all.

December 24, 2021 at 8:33 PM

December 24, 2021 at 4:58 PM

https://twitter.com/CaltransDist3/status/1474544790410723329

December 24, 2021 at 3:20 PM FYI: Tomorrow is a No Burn day in Nevada County.

December 24, 2021 at 9:50 AM Reader reports a patch of oil on Hwy 174 at the Calvary Bible Church, the road is reportedly very slick. Use caution and reduce your speed.

December 24, 2021 at 8:56 AM Foothill snow likely into mid-week with significant accumulations possible. Multiple winter storms to bring periods of widespread rain, mountain snow, and wind through next week, causing holiday travel disruptions. Heaviest mountain snow through Monday. Significant travel disruptions likely. Snow levels lowering to 1500-2500 feet Saturday night, then lowering again to 1000-2500 feet Sunday morning into Monday. Significant accumulation possible down to 1000-2000 feet.

December 24, 2021 at 7:16 AM NORAD tracks Santa 2021. Each year since, NORAD has reported Santa’s location on December 24 to millions of children and families around the world, this year is no different.

December 23, 2021 at 8:44 PM Car vs tree on Hidden Valley Road off Auburn Road in Grass Valley, the roadway is clear.

December 23, 2021 at 8:13 PM Tree in the roadway on Hwy 49 near Milhous Drive on the San Juan Ridge.

December 23, 2021 at 4:03 PM Debris flow across all lanes on Hwy 49, approximately 1/2 mile from the Nevada/Yuba county line.

December 23, 2021 at 3:45 PM Car into a ditch on Newtown Road, driver has abandoned the vehicle, according to a reader report.

December 23, 2021 at 3:12 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 4 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 10,100 cases since the start of the pandemic, 159 are active. Six people are hospitalized – three in ICU.

148,846 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

60,473 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 63.3% of the eligible population 5 years and older.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,5420
18-291,7180
30-391,8770
40-491,457+1
50-641,987+3
65+1,6610
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 23, 2021 at 11:32 AM Non-injury accident on northbound Hwy 49 at Crestview Drive, the roadway is partially blocked.

December 23, 2021 at 10:59 AM Units at scene on North San Juan report these are phone lines only, hanging very low over the roadway. No power lines down.

December 23, 2021 at 10:51 AM Power lines reported down on Cherokee Street in North San Juan. Emergency services dispatched.

December 23, 2021 at 10:36 AM Boulders in the roadway on Rice’s Crossing Road at Pleasant Valley Road. Southbound lane is blocked.

December 23, 2021 at 8:39 AM Foothill snow possible Saturday night into Wednesday. Multiple winter storms to bring periods of widespread rain, mountain snow, and wind through next week, causing holiday travel disruptions. Heaviest mountain snow Friday – Monday. Snow levels lowering to 1500-2500 feet Saturday night, then lowering again to 1000-2500 feet Sunday morning into early next week.

December 23, 2021 at 8:14 AM Accident on Francis Drive in Alta Sierra near Ragan Way. Roadway is clear.

December 23, 2021 at 8:05 AM The 309 customers affected by the outage along Idaho-Maryland Road and Banner are still out of power. Crews are on site, but the estimated restoration time has been pushed back to 10:30 am.

December 23, 2021 at 7:32 AM

December 23, 2021 at 7:08 AM California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones has granted a 24-hour permit clearing all brand inspection and health requirements for nine reindeer scheduled to visit California on the evening of December 24 and in the early morning hours of December 25. 😉

December 23, 2021 at 6:05 AM The Food Bank of Nevada County will be distributing holiday foods and other items today at the Grass Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church from 10 am to 2 pm. (12889 Osborn Hill Rd. Grass Valley)

December 23, 2021 at 5:54 AM Power outage affecting 309 customers along Idaho-Maryland Road. Trouble crew is at scene, estimated restoration time is 7:45 am.

December 22, 2021 at 3:57 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 22 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 10,096 cases since the start of the pandemic, 158 are active. Five people are hospitalized – two in ICU.

148,271 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

60,238 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 63% of the eligible population 5 years and older.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,5280
18-291,681+3
30-391,847+3
40-491,431+3
50-641,958+6
65+1,648+5
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 22, 2021 at 3:56 PM PCSO deputies are on scene of a plane crash on Miracle Drive, in Auburn. No further details at this time, this is a developing story.

December 22, 2021 at 1:11 PM Accident on Hwy 20, approximately 1 mile east of White Cloud. Emergency services dispatched.

December 22, 2021 at 11:32 AM Notice of emergency outage: Due to the advancing storm, NID is shutting down all of the District’s canals. This is normal practice during large storm events to prevent any overtopping and damage to the canals. At this time there is no scheduled date for restoration – that is dependent on the weather. Updates will be posted on NID’s website www.nidwater.com

December 22, 2021 at 10:32 AM A bag of potting soil and a flower pot on southbound Hwy 49 just north of Dorsey are creating a traffic hazard. Beautifying the landscape is nice, but it’s not really planting season.

December 22, 2021 at 9:32 AM Three-car accident on Hwy 49 near Wolf Road, the roadway is clear, emergency services dispatched.

December 22, 2021 at 8:53 AM Heaviest mountain snow Friday – Monday, Foothill snow possible Saturday night – Tuesday. Snow levels 4500-7000 feet today into Thursday, lowering to 2500-3500 feet Friday, then lowering again to 1000-2500 feet Sunday morning into early next week. 8 to 24 inches above 2500 feet, locally higher. Light accumulation of a few inches possible down to 1500-2000 feet. Gusty winds may cause downed tree limbs and localized power outages.

December 22, 2021 at 6:58 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 21, 2021 at 4:15 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 32 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 10,076 cases since the start of the pandemic, 182 are active. Six people are hospitalized – two in ICU.

147,821 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

60,195 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 63% of the eligible population 5 years and older.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,528+5
18-291,678+4
30-391,844+6
40-491,428+8
50-641,952+4
65+1,643-1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 21, 2021 at 11:46 AM The NWS Sacramento has shared these slides with the snow forecast for the next seven days.

December 21, 2021 at 10:34 AM Multiple winter storms through early next week. Snow levels begin around 3000-4500 feet, rising to 5500-6500 feet on Wednesday, lowering again throughout the day Thursday to 2500-3500 feet by Thursday night. Snow levels 1500-2500 feet Saturday night into early next week. 8 to 24 inches above 2500 feet, locally higher. Light accumulation of a few inches possible down to 2000 feet.

December 21, 2021 at 10:02 AM Accident on southbound Hwy 49 at Oak Drive, passenger vehicle vs semi. The roadway is clear.

December 21, 2021 at 7:59 AM Happy Winter Solstice!

December 21, 2021 at 7:20 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 20, 2021 at 4:25 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 57 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 10,050 cases since the start of the pandemic, 163 are active. Six people are hospitalized – three in ICU. One additional fatality has been recorded, bringing the death toll to 121 since the start of the pandemic.

147,445 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

60,166 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 63% of the eligible population 5 years and older.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,523+8
18-291,674+7
30-391,838+13
40-491,420+11
50-641,948+13
65+1,644+5
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 20, 2021 at 1:21 PM

December 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 20 at Valencia Road, near White Cloud. Car vs a tree, emergency services dispatched.

December 20, 2021 at 12:48 PM Today, proponents delivered notices of intent to recall every Nevada County Supervisor to the Elections Office, kicking off the process to remove the supervisors from office.

December 20, 2021 at 12:22 PM

December 20, 2021 at 12:12 PM Earthquake M 6.2 (preliminary) off the coast of California, felt far inland. If you felt the earthquake, report it to USGS here. No Tsunami Warning, Advisory, Watch, or Threat issued.

Location with respect to nearby cities:
49.7 km (30.8 mi) SW of Ferndale, California
58.5 km (36.3 mi) WSW of Fortuna, California
72.8 km (45.2 mi) SW of Eureka, California
81.9 km (50.8 mi) SW of Bayside, California
339.1 km (210.3 mi) WNW of Sacramento, California

December 20, 2021 at 9:33 AM Significant holiday travel impacts due to multiple winter storms through the weekend. Multiple rounds of precipitation this week with periods of moderate to locally heavy rain at times. Heaviest snow expected Wednesday night – Saturday. Snow levels begin around 3000-4500 feet, rising to 5500-6500 feet on Wednesday, lowering again throughout the day Thursday to 2500-3500 feet by Thursday night.

December 20, 2021 at 9:14 AM The updated snow forecast…

December 20, 2021 at 7:15 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 19, 2021 at 5:36 PM Non-injury accident on North Bloomfield at Coyote Street in Nevada City. Empty school bus vs car, the roadway is blocked.

December 19, 2021 at 3:04 PM The power outage along Magnolia and Dog Bar Road affecting 464 customers has been fixed.

December 19, 2021 at 2:05 PM Vehicle vs a tree on Hwy 20 at Pleasant valley Road. Emergency services are at scene, the roadway is clear.

December 19, 2021 at 10:04 AM Multiple winter storms to impact holiday travel through next weekend. Heaviest snow expected Wednesday – Saturday. Snow levels begin around 3000-4500 feet, rising to 5500-6500 feet on Wednesday, lowering again throughout the day Thursday. Snow levels will generally be in the 3500 to 5000 feet range Thursday, then drop to around 2000 to 3500 ft Friday into the weekend.

December 19, 2021 at 9:16 AM Blackhawk IC reports the smoke is dissipating, canceling all staged units.

December 19, 2021 at 9:03 AM First unit has arrived on Blackhawk Court, canceling most incoming resources. Remaining resources to continue in, code 2 (no light or sirens.)

December 19, 2021 at 8:51 AM Firefighters dispatched to a home on Blackhawk Court off Dog Bar. Power outage occurred, after power came back on, the house is filling with smoke coming from the HVAC system.

December 18, 2021 at 3:09 PM A ladder is blocking the slow lane on northbound Hwy 49 at the Brunswick off ramp.

December 18, 2021 at 10:09 AM Accident on southbound Hwy 49 at Brunswick off ramp, emergency services dispatched.

December 18, 2021 at 8:33 AM Low temperatures through Monday, winter weather returns into the Christmas Weekend. Cold temperatures will impact the homeless and those without adequate heating through Monday. Multiple rounds of snow next week with several feet of snow possible. Snow becomes more widespread across the mountains Tuesday, remaining widespread through the rest of the week. Snow levels begin around 3000-4500 feet, rising to 4500-5500 feet on Wednesday. Rain becomes more widespread across the Valley and foothills by Tuesday morning, remaining widespread through the rest of the week.

December 18, 2021 at 8:09 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 17, 2021 at 9:42 PM Hwy 20 at Bennett Street is open again.

December 17, 2021 at 9:23 PM Car vs guardrail on Hwy 49 at the Bennett Street off ramp. Emergency services at scene.

December 17, 2021 at 5:46 PM Two back to back accidents on Hwy 49 at the McKnight ramps. Emergency services are at scene.

December 17, 2021 at 5:14 PM Emergency Closure of I-80, Hwy 20 for Utility Work early Saturday morning. PG&E crews will be repairing a transmission line at Cisco Grove and a distribution line at Kingvale than run over interstate 80 to re-establish power to the lines, which were damaged and fell onto the interstate during a storm earlier this week that closed the interstate for several hours.

December 17, 2021 at 4:50 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 38 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,993 cases since the start of the pandemic, 136 are active. Six people are hospitalized – one in ICU. One additional fatality has been recorded, bringing the death toll to 120 since the start of the pandemic.

146,282 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

59,944 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 62.7% of the eligible population 5 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,515+4
18-291,667+8
30-391,825+10
40-491,409+6
50-641,935+4
65+1,639+5
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 17, 2021 at 2:58 PM Accident on Hwy 20 at Conservation Road, two cars involved. Emergency services dispatched.

December 17, 2021 at 2:04 PM A Jeep got tuck in the mud on Banner Lava Cap Road near Old Wood Road and is now facing sideways. Use caution, the car is stuck in a blind curve.

December 17, 2021 at 12:43 PM A Golden Retriever is running in the roadway on Greenhorn Road near Dogwood Road. Watch for the pup please.

December 17, 2021 at 10:49 AM Accident on eastbound Hwy 20 at the Empire Street on ramp. Altercation between drivers, emergency services are at scene.

December 17, 2021 at 8:59 AM Near freezing low temperatures through Monday, winter weather returns next week. Widespread precipitation chances return next week. Periods of moderate to heavy rain possible Monday – Thursday in the lower elevations. Several feet of snow possible Monday – Thursday. Snow levels around 3000-4500 feet, rising to 5500 feet on Wednesday.

December 17, 2021 at 7:07 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 16, 2021 at 7:09 PM 132 customers remain without power in Nevada County, the majority on Hwy 20 and I-80 between Spaulding and Big Bend. 8 customers off Newtown Road in Nevada City also remain out of power, their estimated time of restoration is tomorrow by 9:00 pm.

December 16, 2021 at 5:28 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 20 at the McCourtney Road on ramp.

December 16, 2021 at 3:22 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 14 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,956 cases since the start of the pandemic, 116 are active. Eight people are hospitalized – one in ICU.

145,461 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

59,812 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 62.6% of the eligible population 5 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,511+3
18-291,6590
30-391,815+5
40-491,403+2
50-641,931+1
65+1,634+3
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 16, 2021 at 2:38 PM The wayward sheep is now off Hey 20 and on Pine Flat Road, with a CHP escort.

December 16, 2021 at 2:26 PM Considering the weather prediction, Sierra Roots and the County of Nevada are activating the Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol for Thursday and Friday nights with COVID-19 safety measures in place.

December 16, 2021 at 1:41 PM The sheep is making its way towards Nevada City, the latest sighting is now on Hwy 20 near Los Altos Lane, approximately 5 miles out from town. Still running in the middle of the road. Please slow down and use caution.

December 16, 2021 at 1:30 PM A sheep is reported on Hwy 20 near Scotts Flat Road. Use caution in the area. Is there an equivalent to the human cabin fever for ungulates? Fence fever?

December 16, 2021 at 11:58 AM A reportedly oversized cow is in the roadway on Pleasant Valley Road near Birchville. Use caution in the area. Body shaming cows is a thing now?

December 16, 2021 at 11:16 AM Tree partially in the roadway on Tiger Tail Road off Wolf Creek road.

December 16, 2021 at 11:03 AM The furnace at the North San Juan Community Library is broken. If you have a spare heater and are in the neighborhood, mind helping out?

December 16, 2021 at 10:46 AM Rocks and debris flow in the roadway on Duggans Road near Wolf Road.

December 16, 2021 at 10:42 AM There’s a goat in the middle of the roadway on Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge Road. It’s been a while since we had a wild sighting. Slow down down and use caution.

December 16, 2021 at 9:57 AM Tree blocking the roadway on Footwall Drive near Gold Hill Drive and Hwy 174.

December 16, 2021 at 9:35 AM Freezing low temperatures through Saturday, winter weather returns Sunday into next week. Cold temperatures will impact the homeless and those without adequate heating. Sensitive plants left outdoors may be damaged or killed due to frost. Widespread precipitation chances return Sunday into early next week. Lighter showers expected Sunday with periods of moderate to heavy rain possible Monday – Wednesday.

December 16, 2021 at 8:41 AM Traffic hazard on Wolf Road near Duggans Road, Public Works dispatched.

December 16, 2021 at 7:39 AM Low-hanging power lines on Wolf Road at Arbor Lane.

December 16, 2021 at 7:32 AM Tree down on Pleasant Valley Road at Black Forest Road near Lake Wildwood. The roadway is completely blocked.

December 16, 2021 at 6:57 AM Vehicle off the roadway on McCourtney Road near Chukar Drive, no injuries reported.

December 16, 2021 at 6:48 AM Nevada City School District is closed due to power outage – all schools within the district.

December 15, 2021 at 11:15 PM Non-injury accident on Hwy 49 just south of the Independence Trailhead. Emergency services at scene.

December 15, 2021 at 10:07 PM Hwy 49 above Weeds Point past Camptonville is blocked by a large tree in the roadway.

December 15, 2021 at 8:53 PM It’s so windy on Donner Summit, the @CaltransDist3 camera has flipped.

December 15, 2021 at 8:49 PM 37 customers are out of power on the San Juan Ridge on Blind Shady Road. The outage affecting Cascade Shores and Red Dog has been resolved.

December 15, 2021 at 8:29 PM Power outage affecting 522 customers along Hwy 49, Champion Mine Road, Newtown Road, Slate Creek Road and Deer Park Drive area.

December 15, 2021 at 8:26 PM Power pole or tree into a structure on Indian Springs Road, emergency services dispatched.

December 15, 2021 at 8:24 PM Telephone pole leaning into the roadway, likely to fall over soon, on Wolf Road near Garden Bar.

December 15, 2021 at 6:01 PM Power outage affecting 878 customers along Red Dog Road, Banner Quaker Hill Road and Cascade Shores. Crew has been assigned.

December 15, 2021 at 5:55 PM Accident on Hwy 49 at Cedarsong Road, the northbound lane is blocked.

December 15, 2021 at 5:51 PM Tree across the roadway on Hwy 49 at Shoshoni Trail Court.

December 15, 2021 at 5:04 PM

December 15, 2021 at 4:53 PM Caller to CHP reports a vehicle over the embankment on Hwy 20 at Harmony Ridge Road.

December 15, 2021 at 3:58 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 12 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,942 cases since the start of the pandemic, 116 are active. Eight people are hospitalized – one in ICU. Three additional fatalities have been recorded, bringing the death toll to 119 since the start of the pandemic.

145,018 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

59,756 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 62.5% of the eligible population 5 years and older.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,5080
18-291,659+2
30-391,810+3
40-491,401-1
50-641,930+1
65+1,631-1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 15, 2021 at 2:19 PM Update from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce: Victorian Christmas in Nevada City tonight from 5-9 pm is canceled due to possible unsafe weather conditions (snow and ice.)

December 15, 2021 at 1:35 PM Accident on the 17000 block of Penn Valley Drive in front of True Fence Supply, car is partially in a ditch and in the roadway.

December 15, 2021 at 12:45 PM Nevada County & Sierra Roots Open Overflow Emergency Shelter Tonight, December 15th. The shelter will open at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library and will close at 7:30 a.m. the following day. This is a community-wide collaborative effort to temporarily shelter one of our most vulnerable populations during extreme weather events and connects homeless residents to additional services.

December 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM Power outage update for Nevada County. 1,747 customers are affected by 72 outages.

The largest remaining outages are:

  • 273 customers along Hwy 174 from Peardale to Chattering Pines Road and Greenhorn Access Road. Estimated time of restoration is 8:00 pm tonight.
  • 223 customers in the Troy area along I-80. Estimated time of restoration is 11:00 pm tonight.
  • 167 customers in Grass Valley from South Church Street to Pleasant Street. Estimated time of restoration is 8:00 pm tonight.
  • 134 customers in Grass Valley from Squirrel Creek Road to Alpine Lane. Estimated time of restoration is 6:00 pm tonight.
  • 133 customers in the Donner Pass area. Estimated time of restoration is 11:00 pm tonight.
  • 97 customers are out along Wolf Creek Road from Black Oak Lane to Apollo Court. Estimated time of restoration is 9:00 pm tonight.

December 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM Large tree across the roadway on Heesche Ave near Hwy 49 in North San Juan.

December 15, 2021 at 9:20 AM Impactful rain, snow, and wind into Thursday, additional precipitation next week. Snow levels 1000 to 2500 feet today rising to 3000 to 4000 feet tonight. to 2 feet above 4000 feet. 4 to 12 inches above 3000 feet. Light accumulation of a few inches possible down to 2000 feet. Gusty winds may cause downed tree limbs and weakened trees and localized power outages. Unsecured items could be impacted, including temporary structures. Difficult driving conditions for high profile vehicles.

December 15, 2021 at 9:06 AM Vehicle spin out, now stuck in the snow and partially blocking the roadway on Hwy 20 near Washington Road.

December 15, 2021 at 9:02 AM Overturned vehicle on Wolf Road near Combie Road, emergency services at scene.

December 15, 2021 at 8:38 AM The CAL FIRE Grass Valley Crew will be conducting pile burning operations December 15th and 16th near Auburn on the Auburn State Recreation Area. The project is located near the State Park Headquarters and operations will be visible from Highway 49.

December 15, 2021 at 8:04 AM 3,209 customers in Nevada County are affected by 85 separate outages. Crews are assigned and working to restore power as fast as possible.

December 15, 2021 at 5:48 AM Most schools in western Nevada County are open today; buses are running but there may be some delays due to road conditions. Student and all other drivers are reminded to drive slow and safe; road conditions may change throughout the day and after school hours. Please be mindful and drive accordingly.

Bell Hill Academy in Grass Valley is closed today due to power outage. Mt. St. Mary is closed today due to power outage.

December 14, 2021 at 8:26 PM Power outage in Grass Valley is affecting 1,276 customers. No estimated time of restoration.

December 14, 2021 at 7:52 PM Tree into the power lines and blocking the roadway on Norvin Way near Dog Bar Road.

December 14, 2021 at 5:01 PM Recap of the large western Nevada County power outages at this time – 7,117 customers affected by 101 outages.

  • 1,369 customers in the Soda Springs area – no ETA
  • 1,247 customers from Brunswick to Scotts Flat – restoration by 9:00 pm on Wednesday
  • 961 customers in the Gold Flat area – no ETA
  • 768 customers in the Peardale/Chicago Park area – restoration by 6:30 pm tonight
  • 612 customers along Bitney Springs Road and Newtown – restoration by 9:00 pm on Wednesday
  • 356 customers along Donner Pass Road – restoration by 11:00 pm on Wednesday
  • 259 customers on Alta Street in Grass Valley – no ETA
  • 167 customers between South Church and Pleasant Street in Grass Valley – no ETA
  • 134 customers on Squirrel Creek Road in Grass Valley – no ETA

December 14, 2021 at 3:48 PM Very large tree blocking the roadway on Auburn Road near D J Lane in Grass Valley. This will be an extended closure.

December 14, 2021 at 3:38 PM Solo vehicle accident on North Bloomfield near Coyote Street, roadway is partially blocked.

December 14, 2021 at 3:28 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 16 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,938 cases since the start of the pandemic, 135 are active. Seven people are hospitalized – two in ICU.

144,467 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

59,756 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 62.5% of the eligible population 5 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,508+3
18-291,657+1
30-391,807+4
40-491,402+2
50-641,929+3
65+1,632+1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 14, 2021 at 3:24 PM The power outage affecting 1,247 customers from Brunswick along Hwy 49 and Hwy 20 has a restoration time of 7:00 pm tonight. A total of 6,874 customers are affected by 105 outages in western Nevada County.

December 14, 2021 at 3:04 PM Winter Storm Warning for El Dorado County, Nevada County, Placer County and Yuba County, CA. Snow showers over the Sierra Nevada may continue into the evening.

A second winter storm is set to impact Northern California early Wednesday through Thursday bringing additional heavy mountain snow and gusty winds to the area. Snow levels will range from 1000 to 2000 on Wednesday, gradually rising on Thursday. Significant travel delays and difficult mountain travel are anticipated. Strong winds will further reduce visibilities during this event with local whiteout conditions possible. Winter Storm Warning in effect from 4 PM Wednesday to 10 am PST Thursday above 2000 feet.

December 14, 2021 at 2:50 PM Tree down on Red Dog Road near Banner Lava Cap Road. Public Works dispatched.

December 14, 2021 at 2:23 PM Tree in the roadway on East Lime Kiln Road near Buck Mountain Road, roadway is partially blocked.

December 14, 2021 at 2:09 PM Tree down on Ragan Way in Alta Sierra.

December 14, 2021 at 1:17 PM Traffic hazard on Champion Road and Morning Star Lane in Nevada City, roadway is partially blocked.

December 14, 2021 at 11:49 AM Non-injury accident on McCourtney Road, vehicle into a ditch.

December 14, 2021 at 10:34 AM Non-injury accident on Rough and Ready Hwy near Hwy 20. Car into the embankment.

December 14, 2021 at 10:28 AM Tree into power lines on Francis Road and Ball Road, one caller to 911 reporting the tree is now catching fire. Emergency services dispatched.

December 14, 2021 at 10:14 AM Traffic control is in place on McCourtney Road at Wolf Mountain Road to recover a vehicle.

December 14, 2021 at 10:10 AM Lingering snow and valley rain showers today, additional impactful rain and snow Wednesday into Thursday. Rain winding down for the Valley with snow lingering through the day today. Rain and snow Wednesday – Thursday with low snow levels. Snow levels 1000 to 2500 feet Wednesday rising to 3000 to 4000 feet Wednesday night. 1 to 2 feet above 4000 feet. 4 to 12 inches above 3000 feet. Light accumulation of a few inches possible down to 2000 feet.

December 14, 2021 at 9:30 AM Tree blocking half the roadway on Pleasant Valley Road and Birchville Road.

December 14, 2021 at 9:28 AM KVMR is back on the air again.

December 14, 2021 at 9:24 AM

December 14, 2021 at 9:23 AM Solo vehicle accident, car overturned on Hwy 174 at Brunswick Road, emergency services at scene.

December 14, 2021 at 9:18 AM Additional county roads closures: Cedar Ridge Dr. closed, due to snowy/icy conditions. All residents will have access to alternate routes. Auburn Rd at Pingree Rd, will be closed to through traffic. No ETA of opening. All residents will have access to alternate routes.

December 14, 2021 at 9:08 AM CHP: I-80 eastbound chain control moving to Alta.

December 14, 2021 at 9:06 AM Sierra County Schools are closed for the day due to snow accumulation and driving conditions.

December 14, 2021 at 9:02 AM Power lines are partially blocking the roadway on Clover Valley Road near Fay Road in Alta Sierra. Emergency services dispatched, the lines are reportedly smoking.

December 14, 2021 at 8:41 AM Due to continued adverse weather conditions and regional power outages, the Truckee courthouse will remain closed today, December 14, 2021. For emergency matters, please contact the Nevada city courthouse clerk’s office. The court will contact parties on all other matters regarding rescheduling.

December 14, 2021 at 8:36 AM Thanks to reader Faith for this update: There is a tree down across the lane going up the hill on Idaho Maryland not too far up from Brunswick (maybe .1-.2 mile). The tree is leaning on some wires.

December 14, 2021 at 8:32 AM Tree blocking both lanes on Auburn Road near Pingree Road south of Grass Valley.

December 14, 2021 at 8:27 AM Nevada County is reporting two county road closures at this time: Quaker Hill Road will be closed to through traffic due to snow/icy conditions. All residents will have access to alternate routes. Oak Drive between Walker Drive and Butler Rd will be closed to through traffic on December 14, 2021 due to down power lines. Not ETA of when it will re-open. All residents will have access to alternate routes.

December 14, 2021 at 8:24 AM Traffic hazard on Cement Hill near West Piper Lane in Nevada City.

December 14, 2021 at 8:19 AM From Waste Management: Due to the weather, our garbage trucks may not be able to access some routes for service. At the end of the day, any customers not served will be notified via their chosen mode of notification. Customers should contact 530-274-3090 for any queries.

December 14, 2021 at 7:44 AM The Food Bank distribution in North San Juan has been canceled for today.

December 14, 2021 at 7:33 AM Per Caltrans: I-80 now open in both directions to passenger vehicles with chain controls in place. Holding big rigs at this time.

December 14, 2021 at 7:31 AM Tree in the roadway on the 20000 block of Wolf Creek Road, power lines down and the roadway is blocked.

December 14, 2021 at 7:22 AM Now 8,332 customers out of power in Nevada County.

December 14, 2021 at 7:14 AM Tree down on Pleasant Valley Road near Peterson’s corner on the San Juan Ridge.

December 14, 2021 at 7:04 AM I-80 is closed from Stateline to Colfax due to downed power lines in Kingvale. No estimated time of opening.

December 14, 2021 at 6:58 AM Nevada County power outages – 56 separate outages affecting 4,843 people.

December 14, 2021 at 6:53 AM Due to road conditions from last nights snowfall, the Nevada City Courthouse will be opening at 9:30am this morning. All matters scheduled today will proceed unless the court clerk’s office notifies litigants otherwise.

December 14, 2021 at 6:49 AM Camptonville School: Today sis a snow day.

December 14, 2021 at 6:41 AM School closures in western Nevada County:

  • Nevada Joint Union High School District
  • Grass Valley School District
  • Pleasant Valley School District
  • Nevada City School District
  • Nevada City School for the Arts
  • Bitney Prep
  • Forest Charter
  • Union Hill
  • Sierra College Nevada County Campus
  • Twin Ridges School District
  • Twin Ridges Home Study
  • Chicago Park
  • Yuba River Charter
  • Mount St. Mary’s
  • Clear Creek
  • Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning
  • TKM
  • Child Development
  • EJ

Penn Valley Schools are OPEN

December 14, 2021 at 12:14 AM Winter Storm Warning for Plumas County, CA, Nevada County, CA, Placer County, CA, Yuba County, CA, El Dorado County, CA in effect until 10 PM PST Tuesday. Winter storm warning in effect until 6 am PST Tuesday above 2000 feet. Dangerous Winter Storm to Produce Very Heavy Snow with Strong Winds and Whiteout Conditions. A strong winter storm continues to bring very heavy snow to the mountains of northern California. Moderate to heavy snow showers will continue into Tuesday. Snow levels will gradually lower over time through late tonight and Tuesday and into the Sierra Foothills. Expect tremendous snow accumulation at pass levels with yardsticks required for snow measurement. This will result in significant travel delays with extremely difficult to impossible travel over the mountains. Strong winds will further reduce visibilities during this event with whiteout conditions. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Snow level rising to 3500 feet during the day on Tuesday.

December 13, 2021 at 11:54 PM Accident on Tyler Foote at the intersection with Hwy 49.

December 13, 2021 at 11:25 PM

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December 13, 2021 at 10:27 PM Tree almost completely blocking the roadway on Wolf Creek Road near Dog Bar Road.

December 13, 2021 at 10:10 PM Branches in the roadway on East Bennett Street near Brunswick Road, the roadway is passable.

December 13, 2021 at 9:57 PM Roadway covered in mud and rocks at Duggans Road near Wolf Road.

December 13, 2021 at 9:41 PM Traffic hazard on Hwy 174 at Greenhorn Access Road.

December 13, 2021 at 9:40 PM Solo vehicle accident on Red Dog Road near Cedar Springs Road, vehicle into a tree.

December 13, 2021 at 9:16 PM Pine Peak Road at Greenhorn Road is completely blocked due to a down tree.

December 13, 2021 at 7:58 PM Car vs boulder on Hwy 49 near the Yuba River bridge, no injuries reported.

December 13, 2021 at 7:46 PM Small mudslide on Hwy 20 near Rim Rock Lane outside of Nevada City.

December 13, 2021 at 7:15 PM Due to adverse weather conditions, the court is currently planning on delaying opening the Truckee courthouse facility until 10:30am tomorrow, December 14, 2021.

December 13, 2021 at 6:46 PM Flood Advisory for Nevada County, CA, Placer County, CA, Yuba County, CA, El Dorado County, CA. Heavy rainfall has resulted in minor roadway and urban flooding.

Bands of moderate to heavy rainfall are forecast to occur through this evening, before tapering after midnight into early Tuesday morning. Urban and possible small stream flooding caused by excessive rainfall is occurring or may occur overnight.

December 13, 2021 at 6:29 PM Large boulders in the roadway on Hwy 49 near the Independence Trail.

December 13, 2021 at 6:13 PM Reader Grayson is reporting another tree down on Hwy 174 at Meadow Drive, the roadway is blocked.

December 13, 2021 at 4:25 PM Tree down on Hwy 174 at Talking Pines Road in the Chicago Park area. Roadway is blocked.

December 13, 2021 at 4:09 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 48 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,924 cases since the start of the pandemic, 123 are active. Seven people are hospitalized – two in ICU. One additional fatality has been recorded, bringing the death toll to 116 since the start of the pandemic.

144,071 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

59,677 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 62.5% of the eligible population 5 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,505+9
18-291,656+10
30-391,803+15
40-491,400+4
50-641,926+9
65+1,6310
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 13, 2021 at 3:54 PM Trees down on Tyler Foote Road at Cruzon Grade on the San Juan Ridge, the roadway is blocked.

December 13, 2021 at 3:43 PM Tree blocking the roadway on McCourtney Road at Auburn Road just past the CHP Grass Valley building.

December 13, 2021 at 3:02 PM Caltrans update: PG&E needs to rehang essential powerlines across I-80 at Cisco Grove. I-80 EB/WB will be CLOSED for ~1-2 hours starting at 4:30 p.m. while powerlines are repaired. Closure locations:

  • I-80 WB at Truckee
  • I-80 EB at Nyack and Cisco Grove
  • SR-20 EB at Nevada St. (local traffic OK)

December 13, 2021 at 2:59 PM Power outage affecting 96 customers on the San Juan Ridge from Murphy Road along Purdon.

December 13, 2021 at 2:35 PM Vehicle over the embankment on Hwy 49 near the Independence Trail. The pickup is unoccupied, roadway is clear.

December 13, 2021 at 2:26 PM 81 customers out of power in south county along East and West Hacienda Drive, Salt Creek Road and Pioneer Way.

December 13, 2021 at 1:57 PM Per Caltrans, PG&E has cleared the downed powerlines from I-80 EB and the roadway has reopened to traffic. SR-20 also open for EB traffic at this time

December 13, 2021 at 1:47 PM Power line partially blocking the roadway on Cameo Drive in the Higgins area.

December 13, 2021 at 1:23 PM

December 13, 2021 at 12:46 PM Thanks to reader Judith for the additional info on the outage on Zion Street: In addition to the outage on Zion Street, the repair crews had to block the road at Ridge, so Providence Mine Road is not accessible until they finish (estimated to be around 4:30 pm.)

December 13, 2021 at 12:18 PM Accident on Hwy 49 near Independence Trailhead, car off the roadway and down the embankment.

December 13, 2021 at 11:55 AM Roadway flooding on I-80 from Secret Town to Dutch Flat.

December 13, 2021 at 11:42 AM

December 13, 2021 at 11:22 AM The tree across Hwy 49 near Alta Sierra has been removed by Caltrans and Nevada County Consolidated Fire, the roadway will reopen shortly. The power outage in the area has been reduced to 969 customers.

December 13, 2021 at 11:09 AM Non-injury accident on Norlene Way in Alta Sierra, roadway is clear.

December 13, 2021 at 11:01 AM 120 customers have lost power on Donner Pass Road in Troy. No restoration time yet.

December 13, 2021 at 10:17 AM The down power lines on Hwy 49 near Alta Sierra have caused an outage for 1,865 customers. PG&E crews have been dispatched, no estimate on restoration time yet.

December 13, 2021 at 9:55 AM Tree across the roadway on Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive. The roadway is completely blocked, power lines are down. Emergency services at scene. Thanks to Jason for the photo.

December 13, 2021 at 9:46 AM Power outage on Zion Street between Doane Road and Providence Mine Road in Nevada City is still affecting 17 customers. Estimated time of restoration is 4:30 pm. Parents of Deer Creek Elementary students, be prepared for more delays when picking up your kids.

December 13, 2021 at 9:14 AM A semi has lost their trailer on westbound I-80 near the Castle Peak off ramp.

December 13, 2021 at 8:58 AM A tree is partially blocking the slow lane on Hwy 20 about 3 miles from Nevada City.

December 13, 2021 at 8:48 AM Strong winter storm to bring heavy snow, valley rain and wind today and tomorrow, additional impactful rain and snow mid-week. Another system to bring additional rain and snow Wednesday – Thursday with low snow levels. Snow levels 2000 to 3500 ft tonight & Tuesday (up to 4500 ft south of Highway 88 through tonight, falling to 2500 feet on Tuesday.) Additional snow accumulations: 2 to 5 ft above 4000 ft, 6+ ft around pass level and above. Accumulating snow possible as low as 2000 ft as the storm wraps up

December 13, 2021 at 8:08 AM The Truckee Joseph Center and Truckee Library closed Monday Dec 13th due to hazardous driving conditions from winter storms. All other County buildings remain open for normal business hours.

December 13, 2021 at 7:10 AM Power outages: 328 in Alta Sierra, no estimate on restoration yet. 238 customers along Indian Springs Road, no estimate on restoration. 71 customers on Ball Road in Alta Sierra, 27 customers on Hwy 49 between Iron Horse and Combie.

December 13, 2021 at 7:09 AM Per Nevada County: Monday December 13: Truckee Facilities Closed due to Winter Storm. All other Western Nevada County Facilities are open.

December 12, 2021 at 11:24 PM Report of a large tree branch down on Hwy 49 at Uren Street in Nevada City.

December 12, 2021 at 10:43 PM Mudslide on Hwy 49 at Marysville Road in Camptonville. Roadway is partially blocked.

December 12, 2021 at 5:54 PM A tree down on Hwy 49 near Crestview has caused a vehicle to go off the roadway. Emergency services are at scene, no injuries reported.

December 12, 2021 at 4:02 PM Motorcycle vs car on northbound Hwy 49 at Lime Kiln Road. Emergency services at scene.

December 12, 2021 at 1:13 PM Tree blocking the entire roadway on Oregon Hill Road at the intersection with Marysville Road.

December 12, 2021 at 11:38 AM The Truckee courthouse will be closed tomorrow, Monday December 13, 2021 due to the current forecasts for heavy snowfall and adverse weather conditions.

December 12, 2021 at 10:22 AM

December 12, 2021 at 9:47 AM 27 customers without power on Star Drive and Tim Burr Lane near the intersection of Brunswick and Greenhorn. Estimated time of restoration is 6:00 pm.

December 12, 2021 at 1:06 AM

December 11, 2021 at 11:26 PM An all black cow is reportedly strolling in the middle of the road on Wolf Road near Duggans. Please watch out for Angus (Blacky?)

December 11, 2021 at 8:16 PM Due to heavy snowfall totals predicted for mountain areas between Saturday night and Tuesday evening, Caltrans recommends limiting travel to before or after the storm if possible. Donner Summit on Interstate 80 (I-80) may receive between 80-100 inches of snow, with 60-80 inches possible at Echo Summit on U.S. Highway 50 (U.S. 50).

December 11, 2021 at 4:48 PM

December 11, 2021 at 4:40 PM The accident on Hwy 49 and Turkey Trot has resulted in a fatal accident.

December 11, 2021 at 3:05 PM Thanks to Peardale/Chicago Park PIO Daniel Ramey for sharing some visuals of today’s Toy Run. Peardale/Chicago Park, Rough and Ready and Ophir Hill fire departments were part of providing traffic control for the parade route, with local law enforcement and CHP.

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December 11, 2021 at 2:19 PM Accident on Hwy 49 near Little Deer Drive and Turkey Trot Place, the northbound lanes are completely blocked, one southbound lane is open. Emergency services at scene.

December 11, 2021 at 1:52 PM Lanes are blocked on Hwy 49 and Little Valley Road after an accident. Emergency services at scene estimate the roadway will open in a few minutes. Meanwhile, traffic is at a standstill on the northbound lanes.

December 11, 2021 at 10:45 AM Strong winter storm starting Sunday. Strong storm tonight – Tuesday with heavy snow, rain, & wind. Weaker system to bring renewed rain and snow chances Wednesday – Thursday. Snow levels 2500 to 4000 ft Monday night & Tuesday (up to 5000 ft south of Highway 88). Snow levels 1500 to 3000 ft Tuesday night & Wednesday morning. Strong winds may cause power outages.

December 11, 2021 at 10:28 AM A reminder, today at noon the Nevada County Toy Run will depart from the Rood Center in Nevada City and motorcycle riders will make their way to the Fairgrounds. Plan your travels accordingly.

December 11, 2021 at 9:27 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 10, 2021 at 3:50 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 20 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,877 cases since the start of the pandemic, 131 are active. Nine people are hospitalized – two in ICU.

142,919 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

59,369 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 62.1% of the eligible population 5 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,496+3
18-291,646+3
30-391,788+4
40-491,396+3
50-641,917+3
65+1,631+3
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 10, 2021 at 1:35 PM A first look at how low the snow levels will be on the major highways. Snow levels will lower as the storm progresses with the lowest elevations expected to see snow on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

December 10, 2021 at 1:24 PM Reader Carol has a proliferation of fungi popping up on a property within the River Fire scar.

December 10, 2021 at 1:18 PM Two large dogs are running in the roadway on Greenhorn Access Road near Hwy 174. Watch for those pups please.

December 10, 2021 at 11:08 AM Thanks to reader Marian for sharing her “Fun with Fungi” photo and the caption: “that’s a Western Jack-o-Lantern and although pretty, its NOT EDIBLE!”

Fun with fungi, South Nevada County grown, Wolf Rd area. Photo by Marian Lee

December 10, 2021 at 9:57 AM Strong winter storm to bring heavy snow, rain and wind next week. Strong winds may cause power outages. Accumulating snow possible as low as 2000 ft as the storm wraps up. Rain totals 4-8+” in the foothills below the snow level.

December 10, 2021 at 8:51 AM A dozen cows are once again taking a walk on Birchville Road near Mountain Bounty Farm on the San Juan Ridge.

December 10, 2021 at 7:10 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 9, 2021 at 9:27 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 49 at Shoshoni Trail Court just outside of Nevada City. Emergency services at scene for an overturned vehicle.

December 9, 2021 at 9:06 PM Accident on Hwy 20 at Penn Valley Drive. The roadway is clear.

December 9, 2021 at 3:35 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 7 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,858 cases since the start of the pandemic, 135 are active. Seven people are hospitalized – two in ICU.

142,223 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

59,286 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 65.7% of the eligible population 12 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,493+2
18-291,643+1
30-391,784+1
40-491,3930
50-641,914+3
65+1,6280
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 9, 2021 at 2:46 PM Vehicle down the embankment on Hwy 49 at Marysville Road near Camptonville. Emergency services arriving at scene.

December 9, 2021 at 12:48 PM CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire are implementing a live fire operation at CAL FIRE Station 33, located at 33752 Alta Forestry Road in Alta. The burn started around 9:00 a.m. and be completed by 3:00 p.m. Smoke will be visible from Interstate 80 in the Alta/Dutch Flat area and surrounding communities. Resources will remain at scene until all fire is extinguished and continue to check the burn for several days following the project’s completion.

December 9, 2021 at 12:25 PM Here’s a first estimate of the precipitation amounts for the upcoming storm.

December 9, 2021 at 9:26 AM A dozen cows in the roadway on Pleasant Valley Road near Birchville Road on the San Juan Ridge. Seems yesterday’s strolling bovines brought a few friends today. Use caution until they are “re-moo-ved” to their pasture.

December 9, 2021 at 8:33 AM Thanks to reader David for the ungulate report: On Big Oak Valley Road and Chanterelle Lane, three sheep in the road and looking vey forlorn!

December 9, 2021 at 8:26 AM Red Dog Road near Park Ave in Nevada City is partially blocked after a two-car accident.

December 9, 2021 at 8:08 AM Snow levels are dropping and I-80 chain controls have moved again: R-2 EB Alta to Boca, WB Donner Lake Interchange to Alta

December 9, 2021 at 7:58 AM

December 9, 2021 at 7:29 AM Temperatures drop ahead of next week’s series of storms. Cold temperatures are in the forecast for late tonight and Friday morning with widespread frost expected in the Central Valley. Be sure to bring in or cover up any plants, and bring in pets. Dry & colder weather are forecast for the weekend, then wetter weather is likely Sunday- early next week.

December 9, 2021 at 7:00 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 9, 2021 at 6:56 AM Per Caltrans: Chains REQUIRED on ALL vehicles (except 4-wheel drive vehicles w/ snow tires) on eastbound I-80 from Baxter to Donner Lake Interchange and westbound I-80 from Donner Lake Interchange to Whitmore.

December 8, 2021 at 4:19 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 16 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,851 cases since the start of the pandemic, 156 are active. Ten people are hospitalized – four in ICU.

141,571 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

58,924 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 65.6% of the eligible population 12 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,491+2
18-291,642+2
30-391,783+2
40-491,393+1
50-641,911+7
65+1,628+1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 8, 2021 at 3:57 PM A white box is blocking the roadway on La Barr Meadows Road near Old White Toll Road. Someone not happy with their white elephant gift exchange? Use caution and please, don’t litter.

December 8, 2021 at 3:19 PM Non-injury accident on Hwy 174 at Hansen Lane, the roadway is blocked. Emergency services are at scene.

December 8, 2021 at 11:05 AM Blankets, or maybe clothing, strewn across the slow lane on northbound Hwy 49 at the Brunswick Road off ramp.

December 8, 2021 at 11:03 AM Watch for a dog running in the roadway on Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge Road.

December 8, 2021 at 10:31 AM Very thick fog persists in the Penn Valley area, turn your car’s headlights on and reduce your speed.

December 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM Defective traffic signals on Hwy 20 at Penn Valley Drive. Also, an accident with emergency services at scene in the intersection. Use extreme caution.

December 8, 2021 at 9:37 AM Mountain snow tonight, strong storm with snow, rain and wind next week. Cold overnight lows Friday and Saturday morning. Strong storm to take aim on NorCal early next week. Snow levels 3500 to 5000 ft Sunday and Monday, lowering to 2000 to 3500 ft Tuesday, further drops with even colder air on Wednesday.

December 8, 2021 at 8:18 AM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 49 at Nishinam Gulch, emergency services at scene.

December 8, 2021 at 8:15 AM Reader report of cattle in the roadway on Pleasant Valley Road between Birchville and Rice’s Crossing – your first bovine stroll alert of the day. Use caution and moo-ve over.

December 8, 2021 at 7:36 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 7, 2021 at 4:58 PM For the second round of Nevada County Public Health’s kids vaccination clinic, the kid superheroes were greeted outside by thankful residents, and inside by volunteers from Nevada City Rotary and local healthcare providers (also in fashionable capes.)

December 7, 2021 at 4:39 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 21 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,836 cases since the start of the pandemic, 238 are active. Ten people are hospitalized – four in ICU. One additional fatality has been recorded, bringing the death toll to 115 since the start of the pandemic.

140,806 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

58,851 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 65.6% of the eligible population 12 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,489+3
18-291,640+2
30-391,781+3
40-491,392+1
50-641,904+7
65+1,627+3
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 7, 2021 at 4:31 PM Thanks to reader John for this heads up: water main break around Red Dog Road and Cedar Springs. NID crews are on site.

December 7, 2021 at 12:56 PM A person is jumping into traffic lanes and walking back and forth on Dog Bar Road near Rogue House Place.

December 7, 2021 at 10:56 AM Overturned semi on northbound Hwy 49 at Combie Road. Lanes are blocked, emergency services at scene. Expect delays.

December 7, 2021 at 9:27 AM Mountain snow Wed-Thu, frost and freeze to follow. Mountain snow and light Valley showers Wednesday evening into Thursday. Cold overnight lows Friday and Saturday morning. Unsettled weather late Sunday into next week with rain, snow, and wind.

December 7, 2021 at 7:55 AM The Tahoe National Forest will conduct a prescribed fire two miles southwest of White Cloud on the Burlington Ridge Rd. The plan is to burn 29 acres. Additionally, North Yuba will be burning piles in Yuba Aspen Units A,B,100,65 and 80 for a total of 88 acres. All units are on the 09 Rd, near Gold Lake Highway and Yuba Pass. Ignitions will begin today, the 7th, and continue through Thursday.

December 7, 2021 at 7:05 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 6, 2021 at 8:13 PM Car fire, now extinguished by firefighters, on Indian Springs Road near Long Valley Road.

December 6, 2021 at 6:36 PM The Nevada County Superior Court juror status page is experiencing some technical difficulties. A note from the Nevada County Superior Court to people summoned as prospective jurors for tomorrow: “All Jury Trials for 12/7/21 have been vacated. Your appearance is not necessary.”

December 6, 2021 at 4:25 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 93 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,817 cases since the start of the pandemic, 221 are active. Twelve people are hospitalized – four in ICU.

140,387 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

58,782 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 65.6% of the eligible population 12 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,486+23
18-291,638+14
30-391,778+16
40-491,391+17
50-641,897+15
65+1,624+7
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 6, 2021 at 10:41 AM Two-car accident on Willowbrook Lane near Penn Valley Drive, no injuries reported.

December 6, 2021 at 9:54 AM Mountain snow mid to late week. Multiple inches of snow possible over mountains early Thursday mainly above 5000 feet. Lowering snow levels throughout the day Thursday with snow down to 3500 to 4500 feet Thursday night. Cold overnight lows Friday and Saturday night. Lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s in the Valley and Foothills with single digits to teens in the Mountains.

December 6, 2021 at 9:23 AM A mattress in the roadway on Hwy 174 near Meadow Drive, in a curve. Not the right place to take a nap, use caution instead.

December 6, 2021 at 7:41 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 5, 2021 at 9:37 PM Units have arrived at the reported vegetation fire on Turkey Hill. Fire is about 1/2 acre, structure threat has been mitigated. Units at scene will remain committed for 3-4 hours.

December 5, 2021 at 9:23 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Turkey Hill west of Michigan Bluff. Units dispatched.

December 5, 2021 at 9:10 PM Report of possible gunshots or fireworks in the Lime Kiln/Retrac area. Units in the area state it sounds like fireworks.

December 5, 2021 at 8:38 PM Overturned car on the 17000 block of Dog Bar Road, emergency services dispatched.

December 5, 2021 at 8:23 PM Accident on the 10000 block of Wolf Road, solo vehicle vs fence.

December 5, 2021 at 5:45 PM A string of Starlink satellites will be visible in the sky for the next 10-15 minutes (southwest to northeast) – just communication satellites, not UFOs, rockets or other ominous mysteries.

December 5, 2021 at 2:03 PM Cooler temperatures and precip return later this week. Wet weather may return late week with rain and snow chances for much of the area. Better chances in the foothills for rain than in the Valley. Lowering snow levels throughout the day Thursday with snow down to 3500 to 4500 feet Thursday night.

December 5, 2021 at 11:56 AM Car vs power pole on Mountain House Road in Camptonville.

December 5, 2021 at 11:51 AM A truck bed liner has been unceremoniously dumped in the center divide on Hwy 20 near Penn Valley Drive. It is partially blocking the lanes, use caution and reduce your speed.

December 5, 2021 at 11:04 AM Vehicle onto the embankment near the intersection of Hwy 20 and 49 just east of South Ponderosa. Emergency services at scene.

December 5, 2021 at 10:12 AM A dog in the roadway on Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge Road is creating a traffic hazard.

December 4, 2021 at 1:36 PM A Christmas tree on southbound Hwy 49 near Oakhurst Drive is creating a traffic hazard and spreading very little cheer at the Nevada/Placer county line.

December 4, 2021 at 10:22 AM Thanks to a reader for the warning: An oversized truck is blocking Hwy 49 between Pike and Marysville Road towards Camptonville. Use caution and reduce your speed.

December 4, 2021 at 8:05 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 3, 2021 at 4:31 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 27 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,725 cases since the start of the pandemic, 175 are active. Thirteen people are hospitalized – five in ICU. One additional fatality has been recorded, bringing the total death toll to 114 since the start of the pandemic.

139,058 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

58,385 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 65.4% of the eligible population 12 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,463+8
18-291,624+3
30-391,762+4
40-491,374+5
50-641,882+1
65+1,617+4
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 3, 2021 at 2:18 PM A brief update on the coroner’s investigation into the suspicious death of an unidentified man found near the Spenceville Wildlife Area last week. The decedent has been identified as 60-year-old Robert Mendoza of Lincoln, Ca. The death is being investigated as a homicide. The results of the autopsy remain pending and the investigation is active and ongoing.

December 3, 2021 at 11:22 AM Many readers have contacted us regarding the smoke in Nevada City. There appears to be a burn pile, consisting mostly of (wet) leaves, in the vicinity of Pioneer Park. As a reminder, NSAQMD has a page with guidance on outdoor burning.

December 3, 2021 at 9:50 AM A trash can in the roadway on northbound Hwy 49 near Dorsey Drive. Use caution as the lonely can is rolling around in the fast lane.

December 3, 2021 at 7:09 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. 

A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 2, 2021 at 7:45 PM Good news, Sauske has been reunited with his humans. A kind person saw him yesterday and let him spend the night. Now, he’s back with his family, after the Sierra Super Stop staff helped put everyone in touch – thanks for caring.

December 2, 2021 at 4:55 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 10 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,700 cases since the start of the pandemic, 174 are active. Thirteen people are hospitalized – four in ICU.

138,290 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

58,301 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 65.3% of the eligible population 12 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,455+3
18-291,621+1
30-391,7580
40-491,369+4
50-641,881-1
65+1,6130
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 2, 2021 at 1:17 PM Fun fact, today’s date (12022021) is both a palindrome and an ambigram. You can read it left to right, right to left and also upside down. Thanks Michelle Kessel for the reminder on ambigrams.

December 2, 2021 at 1:16 PM Forward progress stopped at 1/4 acre on the vegetation fire on Tokayana Way, mop-up operations are starting.

December 2, 2021 at 1:05 PM Tokayana IC reports they have knockdown on the dog house fire, working on the vegetation portion of the fire. Approximately 1/4 acre and holding. There are no evacuations, only traffic control on Tokayana Way.

December 2, 2021 at 1:03 PM Units at scene on Tokayana are making good progress, the water tender is no longer needed.

December 2, 2021 at 12:59 PM Units at scene on Tokayana Way are requesting a water tender to respond as well.

December 2, 2021 at 12:54 PM Escaped burn pile, dog house on fire, on Tokayana Way in Colfax. Units dispatched.

December 2, 2021 at 12:46 PM

December 2, 2021 at 9:52 AM Reported accident on northbound Hwy 49 near the Independence Trailhead.

December 2, 2021 at 8:42 AM Pile burning continues on the ‘Inimim project. The goal for today is 10 acres of piles.

December 2, 2021 at 8:13 AM As a reminder, Placer RCD will conducted a low-intensity prescribed fire in the Iowa Hill area today. There’s no need to report the smoke.

December 2, 2021 at 7:27 AM If you are in the North San Juan area, keep an eye out for this little guy. A tan/white Shiba Inu, goes by Sauske, and is all of 25 lbs. He’s gone missing from the Sweetland area and his human is looking for him. If you see or collect Sauske, please call 530-852-1144.

Sauske

December 2, 2021 at 7:05 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County:

For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only.

A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/) or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

December 1, 2021 at 8:26 PM Accident on northbound Hwy 49 at Lime Kiln Road, emergency services at scene, one lane is blocked for vehicle recovery. Car is 50-60 ft down the embankment.

December 1, 2021 at 4:28 PM The smoke visible from Hwy 20 and the North San Juan area is a BLM prescribed burn on the ‘Inimim Forest. A total of 1,800 piles are slated to be burned on 75 acres. More details about the project are here.

December 1, 2021 at 3:25 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 12 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 9,693 cases since the start of the pandemic, 197 are active. Eleven people are hospitalized – two in ICU.

137,844 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents.

58,218 Nevada County residents are fully vaccinated, 65.3% of the eligible population 12 years and older.

New cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-171,452-1
18-291,620+2
30-391,758+1
40-491,365+7
50-641,8820
65+1,613-3
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

December 1, 2021 at 10:52 AM Emergency services dispatched to a possible passenger vehicle fire on Hwy 49 near Lime Kiln Road.

December 1, 2021 at 10:45 AM Many thanks to reader Jennifer for sharing this photo, taken by her daughter Martea on Lime Kiln Road.

Sunset on Lime Kiln Road. Photo credit Martea

December 1, 2021 at 9:24 AM Accident on the 15000 block of Duggans Road, solo vehicle with a trailer into a tree. No injuries reported, the northbound lane is blocked.

December 1, 2021 at 8:13 AM Dry, breezy – repeat. No change is expected in the current weather pattern for the next few days. High temperatures today will continue to remain well above normal for this time of year.

December 1, 2021 at 7:03 AM A dense fog advisory is in effect in the lower elevations. Here’s a safety tip from NWS Sacramento.

December 1, 2021 at 12:03 AM Today is a No Burn Day in Nevada, Plumas and Sierra counties.

December 1, 2021 at 12:01 AM Last month’s log can be found here. This month’s photo is what we’re hoping for!