Despite the calendar, winter is making a comeback
Mother nature seems to think we are not finished with winter just yet.
After this week’s storm dumped 46 and a half inches of new snow (according to Randall Osterhuber of Sierra Snow Lab), Truckee residents are still pulling out the snowblowers and waiting patiently for plows to clear the roads.
According to California Highway Patrol and Truckee Fire and Protection District officials, CHP officers and emergency personnel have responded to an increased amount of motor vehicle accidents since bad weather hit Saturday.
CHP officer Steve Bryan said Saturday and Monday were especially bad days for accidents. On Saturday most of the accidents occurred between Truckee and Stateline, said Bryan, and on Monday they were pretty much all over.
Westbound Interstate 80 was closed east of Hirschdale at approximately 7 a.m. Monday, where a four-vehicle accident occurred.
TFPD ambulances transported six patients to Washoe Medical Center from the accident, said TFPD personnel.
I-80 closed periodically off and on at Stateline and for Donner Summit on both Saturday and Monday, said Bryan.
“We basically saw every kind of accident you can imagine,” he said. “We saw rollovers, cars in snow banks, cars in ditches, trucks losing traction.”
The TFPD responded to a total of 10 motor vehicle accidents on Saturday and Monday, and transported at least 12 patients to area hospitals. The CHP and TFPD did not report any serious injuries due to automobile accidents.
The TFPD transported one Tahoe Donner resident to the hospital after he injured his hand in a snowblower, personnel said.
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Temperatures will drop to the 60s next week, as a chance of rain rolls in, the National Weather Service said.