Wet weather coming back to Auburn

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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Don’t put those umbrellas away just yet. Mother Nature took a brief break Monday after saturating Auburn and the foothills the past few days. The rain returns today and continues through the week, according to the National Weather Service. Cynthia Palmer, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Sacramento, said Monday that Auburn received 2 inches of rain over the weekend, and a storm total of 3.66 inches of rain between Thursday and Sunday. “We could see up to another inch, inch and a half,” Palmer said of the incoming storm system. Rain is projected to start early today, with rain likely Wednesday and tapering into Thursday and Friday. Saturday, at this point, appears to be nice and dry, which makes Linda Robinson and other Old Town Auburn merchants happy. Old Town Country Christmas, originally planned for Dec. 12, was postponed a week due to the weekend’s wet weather. Robinson confirmed Monday that the 23rd annual event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and that it’s happening rain or shine. “We all know it can change, but we have to move forward,” she said. “Everybody is looking forward to it.” Robinson said all the vendors originally booked for the 12th should be able to make it this Saturday, and that she’s still taking calls from additional potential vendors. Highlights include a bonfire, food and craft vendors, hay wagon and pony rides, a visit by Santa Claus in Herschel Young Park, tunes by the Auburn Community Band brass ensemble, and performances by Pamelot School of Dance, Scottish dancers and the Thunderfoot Cloggers. Free parking is available at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., with a free shuttle running throughout the night. The same storm that dampened plans in Auburn had a different effect up the hill, where mountain resorts celebrated some serious powder. “The snow was awesome up here,” said Tracy Brimmer, group sales coordinator for Boreal Mountain Resort. Brimmer said stormy weather over the past few days resulted in 7 feet of snow at Boreal. Northstar-at-Tahoe reported 49 inches of new snow in the past four days as of Monday, and Squaw Valley USA boasted 78 inches of new snow in the past week. Reach Loryll Nicolaisen at __________ Old Town Country Christmas Host: Old Town Business Association When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday Where: Old Town Auburn Information: (530) 888-1585,