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Storm dumps more than a foot in the Sierra

Staff reports

A heavy winter storm blew into the Sierra last night, closing local schools and bringing havoc to Truckee’s roadways.

All schools in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District are closed due to a forecast of snow throughout the day. Big rigs stuck on the Donner Pass Road bridge closed that section of roadway this morning.

Chains or four-wheel drive with snow tires are required on Interstate 80 from Applegate to the Nevada state line. On Highway 267 chains or four-wheel drive are required from Truckee to Kings Beach.

On Highway 89 north, chains or snow tires are required five miles north of Truckee to the Sierra-Plumas County line. Highway 89 south is closed from the Highway 50 junction to Bliss State Park. Chains or four-wheel drive are required from Truckee to the Bliss State Park.

A winter storm warning will be in effect until 4 p.m. today for the greater Lake Tahoe area, according to the National Weather Service. In town, snow accumulation is expected to reach one foot.

One to two feet of snow is expected in the higher elevations of the Sierra by late this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Winds will reach 25 mph, with gusts of 45 mph. Over the ridges, gusts are expected to reach greater than 80 mph.

There is a chance that off-and-on snow showers will continue for the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.


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