Storm Produces More Rain Than Snow In Sierra

A storm left up to 2 inches of snow and slowed traffic over passes in the Sierra Nevada.

Chains or snow tires were temporarily required Sunday morning on
Interstate 80 over Donner Summit and U.S. Highway 50 over Echo
Summit, according to the California Highway Patrol.

No major traffic problems were reported.

The storm left 2 inches of snow at Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and on the mountains above Stateline, said National Weather Service forecaster Rudy Cruz of Reno.

Cruz said the storm was more notable for its rain - 1.25 inches at Bridgeport, Calif., .50 inch at Virginia City and .23 inch at Reno.

"The rain was more significant than the snow from this system," Cruz said. "Right now, we're looking at minor systems coming across the area this week and nothing really big."

The storm also prompted chain controls on Highway 88 near Kirkwood, Calif., and on Nevada Route 431 over the Mount Rose Summit.

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