The National Weather Service in Reno says the first winter storm of the season is expected in the northern California and northern Nevada areas on Monday.
Officials say a winter storm warning is in effect from 6 a.m. on Monday to 11 a.m. Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service:*THIS WILL BRING GUSTY WINDS...RAIN AND SNOW TO THE REGION. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE EASTERN SIERRA FROM LAKE TAHOE NORTH INTO WESTERN LASSEN COUNTY. THIS STORM HAS POTENTIAL TO IMPACT MOUNTAIN ROADS AND PASSES WITH SLICK AND ICY CONDITIONS.* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 10 TO 18 INCHES ALONG THE SIERRA CREST ABOVE 7000 FEET...4 TO 8 INCHES BELOW 7000 FEET.* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH. RIDGE GUSTS UP TO 95 MPH.* SNOW LEVELS: AROUND 6500 FEET FALLING TO LAKE TAHOE LEVEL.* IMPACTS: ACCUMULATING SNOW MAY CREATE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT AROUND THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN AND SIERRA PASSES.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...CONDITIONS CAN DETERIORATE RAPIDLY DURING WINTER STORMS...SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME WHEN TRAVELING. CARRY TIRE CHAINS...FOOD...WATER...BLANKETS AND A FLASHLIGHT IN YOUR CAR IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. CHECK OUR WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/RENO OR LISTEN TONOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR UPDATES ON THIS SITUATION.
A spokeswoman for Squaw Valley USA and Alpine Meadows tells us Squaw got around 7 inches of snow while Alpine got up to 11.5 inches.
Snow is also falling at Mammoth Mountain. It received 8-10 inches at the Main Lodge.
Boreal Mountain Resort just emailed us this photo of the snow there. So far, its received 10-15 inches of new snow. An additional 15-20 inches is expected this week. Sub-freezing temps will also allow snowmaking operations to start! Boreal is expected to open October 26th.
Meanwhile, Highway 20 was closed east of Nevada City after five big-rigs jackknifed in 6 inches of snow.
A winter storm warning will remain in effect for higher elevations until 5 a.m. Tuesday. The heaviest snowfall is expected on Monday, though showers are likely into Tuesday night.
Yosemite National Park was expecting about 8 inches of snow above 6,000 feet.
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