First snow of fall hits Sierra Nevada
The Truckee-Tahoe area was hit with stormy weather last weekend, bringing snow, rain, and freezing temperatures to the region.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows reported a total of 4 inches of snow at the resort’s upper mountain areas, while the National Weather Service office in Reno said more than 3 inches of snow fell in Tahoe City.
The stormy weather created havoc for travelers as several collisions on Interstate 80, east of Truckee, caused a full closure of the westbound lane for roughly an hour on Sunday. Conditions also delayed the start of the finals of the Spartan World Championship at Squaw Valley by two hours.
Nevada County, I-80 has all westbound traffic lanes blocked approximately 4 miles east of Truckee due to mutliple collisions. There is no estimated time of clearing. Motorists should expect delays and use an alternate route. pic.twitter.com/sPIqTpRknr— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) September 28, 2019
Traffic Alert:— CHP-Truckee (@CHP_Truckee) September 28, 2019
Currently we are turning all traffic I-80 westbound at the Nevada Stateline due to a collision blocking all lanes.
no one was hurt but it’s wet out. Ensure you slow down and increase your following distance! pic.twitter.com/3i1uTp21fE
Snow continued to fall in the region on Monday morning, prompting the California Department of Transportation to issue chain controls on Interstate 80 and Interstate 50.
Freezing temperatures are in the forecast for the remainder of the week, according to the National Weather Service, with lows hovering in the 20s. The daytime high in Truckee on Tuesday is forecast to be 51 degrees. Temperatures will rise toward the end of the week with highs hovering in the mid 60s.