Early Sierra snowstorm catches drivers off guard | SierraSun.com

Early Sierra snowstorm catches drivers off guard

Renée Shadforth
Josh Miller/Sierra Sun A car found its way into a ditch on Donner Pass Road early Monday morning after a snow storm that came through Truckee late Sunday.

A late-summer snow storm dropped a few inches of wet, heavy snow on Truckee Monday, as people in town awoke to temperatures a few degrees below freezing.Many people in the Sierra, including Caltrans, were unprepared for the slick roads. The CHP’s Truckee office received 18 calls for service due to vehicle spinouts and wrecks, including a rollover on Glenshire Drive.

State Route 267 was closed over Brockway Summit for one hour.”There were unmanned chain controls,” said Kirk Bromell, Truckee CHP public affairs officer. “Caltrans didn’t have the staff ready right now.”Except for one injury collision in Sierraville, most of the wrecks on local highways resulted in minor injuries and vehicle damage, Bromell said.

Though the storm ended early Monday afternoon, some of the snow was still around at higher elevations on Tuesday morning.”We’ll have a gradual warm-up to above normal by the end of the week,” said Gary Barbato, National Weather Service hydrologist in Reno.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are supposed to be above-average, into the mid-70s, by the weekend.- The Associated Press contributed to this report.