Sierra Storm

A late November storm brought a little snow and a lot of wind to the Sierra, forcing motorists to chain up and raising the hopes of skiers and ski resorts after a fall that has largely ignored the slopes.

Boreal Mountain Resort reported 4 inches of snow on Donner Summit, while Heavenly Mountain Resort picked up 5 inches at the south shore of Lake Tahoe from Monday's storm. On the lake's west shore, Squaw Valley received 6-8 inches.

But while the snowfall was relatively light, it was enough to make chains mandatory throughout the day on Interstate 80 over the summit and on U.S. 50 over Echo Summit.

Chains or snow tires were required elsewhere throughout the Sierra. The Nevada Highway Patrol reported six minor accidents in the higher areas around Reno and in the mountains.

Aside from a few flurries, the snow forecast for the valleys of western Nevada from the Reno-Sparks area south through Carson City
to Minden-Gardnerville failed to materialize.

"We arent getting as much spillover (from the Sierra) as we anticipated," Brian OHara, a meteorologist at the National Weather
Service in Reno, said.

While the snow brightened skiers' prospects, they were dimmed by the road conditions and winds. Lifts at Heavenly were on a wind hold all day. In western Nevada, a 60 mph gust was recorded near Gardnerville early Monday.

A winter storm warning remained in effect in the Sierra, with scattered snow flurries forecast through midmorning Tuesday.


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