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Snow Levels Drop Below Auburn

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(Auburn, CA)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The foothills are preparing for snow. 
Kevin Taber is the engineering manager for Placer County Road Maintenance.   He says snow in low elevations presents a unique challenge for road crews because it usually rains before it snows. 
"When it rains and then goes to freezing," Traber said.  "You get that layer of ice maybe underneath the snow.  And that's what a lot of people aren't really prepared for is that ice skating rink almost literally."   
Taber says snow plows and sand trucks will be stretched to the limit over the next couple days. They'll be plowing roads from Auburn to the Stateline
But low snow brings business for people like Steve Riccardelli.  He owns the Confluence Kitchen and Market in downtown Auburn.  He says stranded motorists often end up in his restaurant.     
"All the sudden there are way more than the usual number of people roaming around Auburn looking for something to eat," Riccardelli said.
The wet weather is expected to dry up by Saturday afternoon.


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