Winter weather continues: mountain trips are not recommended

A driver navigates a snow-covered road in the Nevada County community of Cascade Shores Tuesday afternoon at around 3,200 feet.
Photo: Courtesy of Jesse Locks

Wet weather continued Tuesday in Nevada County, bringing snow to higher elevations and causing hazardous driving conditions throughout the region.

On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service in Sacramento reported that snow totals over Donner Pass and at ski resorts totaled between 12 and 18 inches. Updated reports will arrive Wednesday morning.

“The heaviest snow is probably behind us,” said meteorologist Cory Mueller, “and we will have snow levels starting to drop.”

Mueller said while snow levels are expected to drop before Wednesday, there won’t be as much precipitation as previous days. He added that mountain trips are not advised.

The hydrological year that began Oct. 1 has so far found Grass Valley with a total of 3.65 inches, not counting Tuesday’s accumulations. Last year at this time, the area had seen 15.84 inches due to the atmospheric river flowing through the area.

“Last year was one of the wettest starts to the water year,” Mueller said.

The rain is expected to continue through Wednesday with frost and patchy fog moving in from Thursday through Saturday. Gusty winds can impact unsecured elements, including temporary structures.

Isolated thunderstorms can produce lightning, funnel clouds and heavy rain.

Cold overnight temperatures are expected with overnight lows falling to 34 degrees on Wednesday and 35 degrees on Thursday.

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