Updated: 5/22/2024

Welcome to Nevada County, a unique place from the foothills to the high peaks of the Sierra’s that’s full adventure for you to experience in the great outdoors. With four incredible seasons, you will find Nevada County has something to offer all year long. Before you visit, check out the following updates which highlight travel, severe weather, and uncontrollable events, medical services and more.

Know Before You Go

Truckee-Tahoe Travel Alert!

The Truckee-Tahoe Travel Alert is updated daily with news and information about snow, weather, roads and more. Bookmark the page to view alerts, check highway status, see live webcams, explore interactive maps, read Visitor Guide’s (weekend traffic, power outages, etc.), and get links to other winter preparedness resources from Truckee’s official Visitor Authority.

Recreate Responsibly & Leave No Trace

We’re glad you’re here and ask you to respect our community like it was your own. Here are a few easy ways to Empower Yourself And Leave A Positive Footprint In Nevada County.

News Sources

Yuba Net- Happening Now

YubaNet.com delivers local daily news to the Sierra, from the Sierra. YubaNet.com covers local news for hometown readers and visitors here in Nevada City, Grass Valley, and Truckee – the three municipalities in Nevada County, California.

Eastern County News

Sierra Sun

Moonshine Ink

Western County News

The Union

Current Weather

TRUCKEE WEATHER NEVADA CITY WEATHER

Immediate Attention!

Fire Restrictions – Permit Required to Burn

Nevada CountyPermit RequiredEffective, May 1, 2024 at 8:00 AMAll SRA

A guide to help you prepare before you burn:
Before you Burn (ca.gov)

Link to permit application:

CAL FIRE Burn Permitting Application (arcgis.com)

Click here to stay informed with Cal Fire

Weather and Travel Advisories

May 20-23, 2024

Sunny skies & warm temperatures are in store this week! The wildflower season is kicking off in Truckee, and early signs are promising, especially at lower elevations. Thanks to the winter snowmelt, we’re anticipating a vibrant summer bloom along our beloved trails. To catch the bloom, check out 5 of our favorite spring hikes!

Ski Resort Projected Closing Dates

Palisades Tahoe – May 27, 2024

Truckee Weather, Roads, & Webcams

View Truckee’s weather forecast, National Weather Service alerts, live traffic cams, highway information, chain control, and more on our Weather, Roads, Cams page.

Read about Truckee Roads, Highways, & Traffic Updates.

Read these insider tips on our Truckee Webcam Shakedown blog.

Read our latest news, a Letter to Friends of Truckee

Click here for Truckee- Tahoe Weather (Eastern County)

Hazardous Weather Conditions

  • No hazardous weather conditions to report at this time.

Western County (Nevada City, Grass Valley)

Click here for Western County Weather

Hazardous Weather Conditions

  • No hazardous conditions to report at this time.

National Weather Service News headlines:

National Weather Service: Reno Station

National Weather Service: Sacramento Station

AirNow Fire and Smoke Map

Latest Road Conditions as of 5/22/2024

Interstate 80 Emergency Repairs Resume

 

Emergency Repairs Scheduled Along State Route 20-Slipout and Shoulder Erosion Work

Crews are scheduled to return to the White Cloud area for emergency slipout repairs. Various lane closures and traffic control will be in place as needed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday until the end of October. The damage occurred after a series of severe storms earlier this year caused large cracks along the newly constructed highway alignment. A temporary concrete barrier was placed to help prevent slide material from entering the roadway while repairs are underway.

Work includes some tree removal, slope stabilization and placement of rock slope protection to help prevent future slides. Crews will also flatten the existing slope and remove any slide material from along the roadway.

Crews will also resume work on emergency shoulder repair along SR-20 between Lowell Hill and the junction with Interstate 80. This work will include site preparation, shoulder backing, minor drainage repair, minor paving, and some traffic control.

The erosion and washout developed last year after the extreme 2022/23 winter season and were caused by concentrated runoff from snowmelt. Repairs started in summer 2023 with traffic control held in connection with the SR-20 Omega Curves Project.

The schedule is subject to change or be delayed due to weather conditions, material availability, or other unexpected events.

Interstate 80 Emergency Repairs Update: Crews Performing Work Within Locations 2 Through 5

Westbound I-80

  • Location 5 – Between the Nevada state line and Floriston, nightly traffic breaks and lane closures will be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, May 19 and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 22. Work is scheduled to end for the week by 5 a.m. Thursday, May 23.
  • Location 4 – No work anticipated next week.
  • Location 3
  • Between Troy and Rainbow, lane and ramp closures will be in place around the clock beginning 7 a.m. Monday, May 20 through 5 a.m. Friday, May 24.
  • Between Rainbow and Cisco Grove, lane closures will be in place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 20.
  • Location 2 – No work anticipated next week.
  • Location 1 – No work anticipated next week.

Eastbound I-80

  • Location 1 – No work anticipated next week.
  • Location 2 – Between Drum Forebay and Nyack, lane closures will be in place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 20 through Thursday, May 23.
  • Location 3 – Between Cisco Grove and Rainbow, lane closures will be in place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 22.
  • Location 4
  • Between Kingvale and Soda Springs, lane and ramp closures will be in place around the clock beginning 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19 through 5 a.m. Friday, May 24.
  • Between Donner Lake Vista Point and Donner Pass Road, lane and ramp closures will be in place around the clock beginning 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19 through 5 a.m. Friday, May 24.
  • Location 5 – No emergency repairs anticipated next week.

Additionally, crews will begin upgrades to the westbound Donner Lake Vista Point starting 8 a.m. Monday, May 13. As a result, the lookout will be closed until further notice. These upgrades include new concrete pavement, new striping, new decorative pillars and a bronze plaque.

Motorists will experience delays and are encouraged to factor in additional travel times along the I-80 corridor. The schedule is subject to change or be delayed due to weather, availability of materials or other unexpected events.

Check out Caltrans’ “Quick Map” for current road conditions and chain requirements at quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the free Quick Map app on the App Store or Google Play. Motorists also can call the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

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Nevada County California Highway Patrol social media pages
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Truckee

Interstate 80

[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]

All westbound trucks are required to stop at the brake check area 0.5 mi west of Nyack (Placer Co) – To reduce the risk of brake fires.

State Route 20

[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]

1-way controlled traffic at various locations from Road 144 /in Calpella/ to 4.1 mi east of Calpella /at Potter Valley Rd/ (Mendocino Co) from 0600 hrs to 1800 hrs Monday thru Friday thru 5/24/24 – Due to utility work

1-way controlled traffic 1 mi east of Willits to 4.8 mi east of the north Jct of US 101 /at Potter Valley Rd/ (Mendocino Co) from 0600 hrs to 1800 hrs Monday thru Friday thru 5/24/24 – Due to construction

1-way controlled traffic at various locations from 1.1 mi east to 2.4 mi east of the Mendocino/Lake Co Line 24 hrs a day 7 days a week thru 1400 hrs on 11/27/24 – Due to construction – Motorists are subject to delays of up to 15 minutes.

State Route 49

[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]

No traffic restrictions are reported for this area.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the average July high is around 86 degrees.
Winter Low: the average January low is 27.
Rain: averages 46 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 76 inches of snow a year in Western County and an average total of 201 inches of snowfall in Eastern County

Medical Care and Emergency Services

Eastern County

Tahoe Forest Multispecialty Clinics, Urgent Care: 530-581-8864

Tahoe Forest Primary Care Clinic: 530-582-1212

Tahoe Forest Hospital: 530-587-6011

Western County

Western Sierra Medical Clinic: 530-274-9762

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital: 530-274-6000

The State of California has lifted the universal indoor mask mandate; however, Nevada County’s Public Health Officer highly recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a high-quality mask in public spaces. The following applies per the California State Health Officer order:

  • Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask in public spaces.
  • All individuals must wear masks in specific indoor settings regardless of vaccination status.

View Nevada County Masking Update