Snow storm cuts power, jams roads

Written by Union Democrat staff December 07, 2013 07:10 am
Friday's overnight snowstorm brought several inches of snow to the foothills and more than a foot to higher elevations, knocking out power to thousands of people and snarling roads.
  As of 8 a.m., PG&E reported several outages through the Central Sierra and foothills.

Some communities where power outages were reported included:

* Pine Mountain Lake, reported at 3:22 a.m. and affecting up to 584 customers.

* Jamestown, reported at 7:30 a.m., affecting up to 235 customers.

* Sonora, reported at 7:39 a.m., affecting put to 4,392 customers.

* Mono Vista, 2:38 a.m., affecting 169 customers.

* Tuttetown, 3:05 a.m., affecting 361 customers.

* Angels Camp, several outages, the first reported just after midnight, affecting some 90-plus customers.

* Vallecito, 4:46 a.m., affecting up to 50 customers.

* Murphys, 2:24 a.m., affecting nearly 50 customers.

* Dorrington, 2:13 a.m., affecting 110 customers.

* Mountain Ranch, 7:24 a.m,., affecting 28 customers.

Check PG&E's outage information website for estimated times for power restoration; http://www.pge.com/myhome/customerservice/outages

Sonora and Angels Camp saw more that 4 inches of snow fall overnight. County and Caltrans snowplows were clearing buried roads.

Up the hill, at Dodge Ridge Ski Area, some 16 inches of new snowfall was reported this morning — 20 inches at the summit. Opening day is still pending.

The National Weather Service still reports that low snow is forecast today for low elevations, down to 1,000 feet — as well as the high country.

Skies will begin to clear overnight. Sun and cold temperatures — with overnight lows in the teens and 20s, and daytime highs in the 40s — are forecast through mid-week.

The next chance of rain or snow will come Thursday. the NWS said.