Over A Foot of Snow Dropped in Latest Sierra Storm

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A weekend storm dumped up to 14 inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada and caused delays for some mountain motorists.

Chains were still required Sunday night on some highways in the Lake Tahoe area, including U.S. 50 over Spooner Summit and Highway 89 north of Truckee, Calif.

Chain controls were lifted earlier in the day on two trans-Sierra highways: Interstate 80 over Donner Summit and Highway 88 over Carson Pass.

As the storm moved eastward later in the day, it brought snow to portions of northern Nevada and prompted chain controls.

Chains or snow tires were required Sunday night on stretches of both I-80 and U.S. 93 in Elko County.

Tahoe ski resort operators said the storm provided a much-needed boost as the Christmas holiday season approaches.

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A Motorists Guide to Winter Driving

Pre-Trip Planning

  • To minimize the chances of a weather-related delay, plan ahead with safety in mind.

  • Always be sure to check the forecast; if a winter storm is predicted for the area in which you will be driving, think twice, or ask yourself if the trip is necessary.

  • Always have an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small shovel, an ice scraper, antifreeze, blankets; nonperishable food; and a first aid kit.

Starting Your Car

  • Be sure to turn off all accessories (radio, heater, lights etc.) before starting your car. This will maximize your battery's starting power.

  • If your car has a fuel injection system, don't touch the accelerator pedal. For carbureted cars, depress the accelerator once before attempting to start the vehicle. Then, simply turn the key and hold it for a few seconds.

Handling Roadside Emergencies

  • Pull as far off the road as possible. This helps to avoid getting hit by another vehicle.

  • Indicate trouble by opening the hood and turning on the vehicle's emergency flashers. Place a "Call Police" sign in the rear window.

  • Stay in the car. Avoid the temptation of accepting a ride with a stranger. Instead, if someone offers help, ask him or her to notify the police if you do not own a cell phone. Leave only with a marked police car or a state or city emergency vehicle.

  • Don't walk or hitchhike, both of which invite trouble-you could either get caught in a storm, or be forced in a dangerous situation involving strangers.

Driving Tips

  • Always wear seatbelts.

  • Remove ice and snow from windows, license plates and lights. Also be sure to clear snow from the vehicle's hood, roof and trunk.

  • Reduce your speed while driving. The posted speed limits are for dry, clear conditions only.

  • Watch for slick spots under bridges and on overpasses.

  • Keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.

Source: www.icepack.org contributed to this report.