Winter continues to pound Sierra with heavy snow |

Winter continues to pound Sierra with heavy snow

Ryan Slabaugh/Sierra SunA snowboarder weaves between the rock drops at Sierra-at-Tahoe on Sunday.

TRUCKEE/TAHOE ” Another wave of winter pounded the Sierra Nevada around Truckee and Lake Tahoe on Monday with heavy snow, snarling traffic in the mountains as skiers headed home from a holiday weekend on the powdery slopes.

After a break in the storm clouds early in the day, winter brought another potent punch by midday.

The Nevada and California highway patrols held westbound commercial vehicles on Interstate 80 at the state line because of snowy conditions and heavy traffic.

For other travelers without four wheel drive, chains or snow tires were required on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit, as well as all other trans-Sierra highways, including U.S. 50 over Echo Summit and Highway 88 over Carson Pass.

A winter storm warning remained in effect for the Lake Tahoe region through early Tuesday. The National Weather Service said higher elevations in the Sierra could receive an additional 3 feet of snow by then, on top of about 7 feet that has fallen in the past week.

The deep, unstable snow prompted the Sierra Avalanche Center to warn backcountry travelers to be cautious.

Avalanche danger was rated as high for steep terrain outside established ski areas.

In the Reno-Carson City area, light snow began falling around noon. Forecasters said snow likely would continue much of the day and overnight, with a few inches of accumulation possible.

Unsettled weather and a chance of snow was expected to remain in the forecast through midweek, before a return of sunshine and milder temperatures near 50 by next weekend, the weather service said.

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