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Mountain Snow Creating Travel Headaches in California

31 Oct 2016, 10:37 am

Periods of heavy snow have been causing travel issues in the Sierra Mountains of California. A strong storm system in the Pacific Ocean has been bringing in lots of moisture to the West Coast. As the moisture is pushed up the mountains and hits the cold air, it has been creating heavy areas of snow.


Snowfall reports from the National Weather Service show totals approaching a foot at the highest elevations.  The Donner Pass Rest area reported 11″ so far.

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Map Source: Iowa Mesonet

Due to the heavy snow Sunday afternoon, I-80 had to be closed with reports of several accidents. Multiple traffic cameras showed heavy snow falling on roadways.

Video from Troy, CA Sunday afternoon showed very slow conditions with travelers having to use chains to drive through the Sierra Mountains.

Winter Weather Advisories continue into Tuesday morning for the Sierra Mountains in California. An additional 6-8″ is possible at the highest mountain peaks, with 2-4″ possible for most locations above 6000 feet.

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The National Weather Service in Sacramento is reminding travelers to be well prepared for rough conditions if they need to travel through the mountains.

Check back with WeatherNation for radar updates and snowfall forecasts as the system moves through the West.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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