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Stormy pattern brings more rain, wind, snow

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A weather system that generated heavy downpours over the weekend dropped nearly 2 inches of rain in Auburn from Saturday into Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. “It’s been a busy day,” Duty officer Tom Carlisle with the Auburn Fire Department said Sunday evening. “(There have been) power outages and a lot of alarm activations. We’ve had a couple of public assists for flooding. We’re very fortunate we haven’t had more vehicle accidents.” Auburn Police Department dispatch received one downed tree call and another for a blown transformer causing some power outages Sunday. But both incidents were outside city limits, dispatcher Nadine Carini said. A traffic accident at Interstate 80 and Russell Road Saturday night sent one person to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Carlisle said. Nearby, at about the same time, police and fire officials shut down the westbound lanes of I-80 at Nevada Street for nearly three hours for a suicide call. “There was a lady who was threatening bodily harm on herself,” Carlisle said. “Someone saw her (and called it in). She was up on the Ophir sign in front of the Maple Street overcrossing.” As officers handled negotiations, westbound freeway traffic was re-routed onto Highway 49 and down Auburn Folsom Road to Indian Hill Road and back onto I-80 at Newcastle, he said. “We brought a ladder truck and a sheriff’s officer talked her down,” Carlisle said. “An Auburn Police Department officer and someone from the fire department got her down onto the ladder.” The unidentified woman was taken the Sutter Roseville Medical Center, he said. Incidents throughout the day Sunday included a rockslide on Old Foresthill Road and Highway 49 about 2:40 p.m., downed power lines at McCourtney and Fruitvale roads and trees in the roadway at about 6:30 p.m. on Nation Drive at Auburn Ravine Road. There were also several traffic accidents and flooded road reports, according to the California Highway Patrol traffic incident website. The stormy weather pattern will hang around for much of the week. “(We’re getting) a good stream of moisture coming in from the west and points south,” forecaster George Cline with the National Weather Service office in Sacramento said Sunday. “The next organized impulse band will occur Tuesday night. For Auburn, you could see another one-half inch to an inch of rain.” The relatively warm storm system kept snow levels mostly at the 6,000-foot elevation and above. About 18 inches fell Saturday night into Sunday afternoon at Kingvale, Cline said. A small break will bring clearing skies Thursday but another system will move in for the weekend. The 10-day outlet calls for continued stormy weather, he said. ~ Gloria Young