Finally winter is here |

Finally winter is here

The skies opened on Tuesday and delivered the first substantial snowfall of the season to Truckee and North Tahoe residents – about a foot at higher elevations.

That’s enough to open up more runs at area resorts, which have been eagerly awaiting more snow.

Friday and Saturday will see even more snow, two feet or more in the higher elevations and 6-inches to a foot at the lake level, said Mike Pechner of Goldenwest Meteorology.

“This weather period will continue for the next six to 10 days,” Pechner said.

Monday should be dry, allowing this weekend’s sure to come droves of powder seekers to leave without weather delays.

“The storm door is open,” said Pechner, who also expects snow in the middle of next week.

Tuesday’s snowfall brought with it a flurry of roadway hazards.

A portion of Glenshire Drive was closed due to multiple spin-outs, and there were several weather related collisions on both Highway 89 and 267.

On Highway 28 in Dollar Hill, there was an accident involving two school buses. One bus, which was stopped, was hit from behind when another bus slid into the back of it.

“There were some complaints of pain, but nothing major,” said Ron Wulff of the California Highway Patrol. “It was during the messy part of the day, and Dollar Hill is notorious for sliding.”

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