Trees fell down, blocking streets and littering the road with branches. Trees fell on houses in Nevada City, according to readers here. As much as 18 inches of snow was reported on Banner Mountain.
All of Northern California was battered. In San Francisco, we heard lightning strike the Bay Bridge on Saturday, a eerie sight and sound. The thunder clap was enormous. The photo topped the nightly newscast. It is here.
PG&E reports outages in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Alta Sierra and throughout the foothills, affecting thousands of customers. The outage map is here.
“SR 20 is closed from Nevada City to the junction of I-80 due to fallen trees and snow,” according to the Caltrans report on Sunday morning. Chains are required on the mountain roads that are open. A CalTrans road report is here.
“SNOWING HARD!!,” wrote one reader here on Saturday night. “In Cypress Hill we have over five inches and it keeps coming down. We just saw two blue/white flashes in the sky, a sure sign the electrical grid is starting to take some hits with snow laden branches shorting across multiy phase power lines.”
The California Highway Patrol incident report shows a number of vehicle traffic hazards, including stranded vehicles and ones that are blocking snow removal equipment. The report is here.
Fallen trees included a 40-foot pine tree that fell from our front yard into the street in Nevada City. The street was closed Saturday morning while PG&E and AT&T crews cut it lose from the lines. Our home insurer is on it.
We stuck with our plans and headed to San Francisco in the afternoon. But you could not escape the storm: The lightning strike on the Bay Bridge was bizarre. It was not far from our hotel in the Financial District.
There was an upside though: Lunch at Perry’s in the Marina (watching Stanford crush Cal) and dinner at Sam’s Grill for fresh seafood.
We are coming home between storms. Be careful out there.
Share your snow storm stories here. (The best reports are coming from “citizen journalists” here. So far, there has been no real-time reporting on the local media websites).
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