Storm update: Snow to continue |

Storm update: Snow to continue

Several feet of snow had fallen in some parts of the Sierra Nevada through Saturday, where a blizzard warning was downgraded Friday evening to a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters expected the storm to dump as much as 10 feet of snow on the mountain range by Sunday.

Avalanche warnings were posted for the backcountry of the central Sierra Nevada. Remote sensors and ski areas in the high Sierra Nevada had recorded up to 5 feet since Friday morning, and the west side of the Lake Tahoe Basin already had 4 to 5 feet by Friday night, the National Weather Service office in Reno, Nev., said Saturday.

As much as 10 feet of snow was possible in the Sierra by Sunday. “Attempting to travel in the Sierra will put your life at risk,” the weather service warned.

“It’s going to be a mess for travelers,” said Chris Smallcomb, a weather service meteorologist. “We expect the road conditions will be hazardous if not impossible.”

Throughout the day Saturday, eastbound Interstate 80 at Applegate was funneled down to one lane due to snow, according to Caltrans. Chain restrictions are in effect.

The Red Cross set up a 200-bed shelter in Truckee for stranded motorists.

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