Rakes, Shovels Out: Snow, leaves fall with a vengeance

Storm expected to raise snowpack by 2 feet
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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The rakes are out in the foothills and the snow shovels are back on the job in the Sierra.

Storms are forecast to be back tonight and to not let up until Saturday evening, with snow returning in the high country with a vengeance and high winds combining with heavy rainfall to strip Auburn-area trees of much of what remains of their gaudy fall overcoats.

A storm that brought rain, thunder and lightning to Auburn on Thursday strengthened around the 5 p.m. commute, turning roads in the city - including parts of Downtown Auburn’s Lincoln Way, the Blocker-Fulweiler Avenue crossroads and a portion of flooding-prone Auburn Ravine Road - into small, temporary waterways.

Auburn Public Works Director Bernie Schroeder said Marguerite Mine Road at Highway 49 was another minor flooding problem and a tree fell on Holly Hills Drive, temporarily blocking traffic.

By today, milder temperatures had returned, along with sunny skies.

But that should be a brief respite, with the National Weather Service outlook calling for severe mountain travel impacts as snow blows through from late today into Saturday evening. Snow levels were expected to drop to 3,500 feet. As much as 2 feet of snow could fall at Blue Canyon, off Interstate 80. Alta could get 4-6 inches.In the Auburn area, up to an inch of rain was forecast to fall.

The weather bureau is expecting a sunny Sunday and mostly sunny Monday. Rain and a chance of showers are in the forecast for Tuesday.