First Winter Storm Roars In

By: Chris Larson
By: Chris Larson

The storm ski resort operators and skiers have waited for
impatiently during an unusually dry autumn swept into the Sierra on
Monday.
A winter storm warning went into effect for the mountains at 9
a.m. and within minutes, chains were mandatory on Interstate 80
over Donner summit.
Forecasters were calling for 7-10 inches of snow in the
mountains on Monday with another foot possible by morning above
7,000 feet.
Snow also was likely in western Nevada with accumulations of 1-4
inches possible and higher amounts in the foothills.
The snow was expected to turn to rain by nightfall.
Along with I-80, chains or snow tires were required on U.S. 50
from Meyers to Twin Bridges, over the summit of the Mount Rose
Highway and on California 88 between Picketts Junction and Hams
Station.
Boreal, which opened on Friday, offered one open lift. Alpine
Meadows announced it would open next Friday.
Rain or snow were likely in the mountains the rest of this week
with rain and some snow in the western valleys.


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