Spring Snow Snarls Sierra Traffic on I-80; More to come | California News


RENO, Nevada (AP) – A late spring snowstorm thundered traffic with numerous detours on part of Interstate 80 over the Sierra Nevada on Thursday and forecasters say the system was cold and at low pressure feeding snow and rain could hamper travel until Saturday.

The California Highway Patrol reported “multiple collisions” Thursday afternoon near Donner Pass west of Truckee, California.

The Reno Gazette Journal reported that traffic was at a standstill at one point in Truckee. No injuries were immediately reported.

The National Weather Service said up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow was expected with up to 7 inches (17 cm) possible in some upper elevations of the western front of the Sierra. He said the cold and slow weather system will bring windy conditions and temperatures well below normal until Saturday.

“Heavier snow showers in the mountains could lead to sudden slippery pavements and traffic incidents,” the service said in a special weather statement Thursday afternoon. “This pattern of rain and flurries will likely occur again on Friday and Saturday.”

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