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Northern California storm: 12 people, 2 infants rescued in Nevada County

How to safely get around those large Caltrans snow vehicles on way to Lake Tahoe

Caltrans uses many huge maintenance and snow-removal vehicles to help clear debris and deal with other winter conditions on the roads to Lake Tahoe. Here are some California Highway patrol tips to handle driving when the vehicles are on the highway.
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Caltrans uses many huge maintenance and snow-removal vehicles to help clear debris and deal with other winter conditions on the roads to Lake Tahoe. Here are some California Highway patrol tips to handle driving when the vehicles are on the highway.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department’s search and rescue team expected to spend their Saturday celebrating the retirement of Sheriff Keith Royal, but a call for action changed plans.

In total, the team rescued 12 people and two infants, according to a news release from the department.

The team first responded to a call in the Grouse Ridge area in Nevada City, the release said, and while they were working to rescue the first group of stranded citizens, they received a second call to rescue a second group of citizens nearby.

A group of citizens offered the team assistance with two snow cats – a truck-sized vehicle built to drive through snow – and a plow truck.

“Even in the dark of night, in the woods, in a snow storm we have great people in our community,” the release said.

The area has been pelted by a weekend of rain, causing snow flurries in the Sierra. Caltrans has closed both directions of I-80 from Colfax to the Nevada state line after citing multiple spin outs and other accidents in the area.

Around Sacramento, a January 2019 rain and wind storm created havoc with trees and limbs falling, power outages and flooding.

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