Chain controls remain as snow falls on Hwy. 20, I-80 |

Chain controls remain as snow falls on Hwy. 20, I-80

A winter storm watch is on until 6 p.m. for the northern Sierra, and chain controls are in effect on Highway 20 near Interstate 80 and on I-80. So far no power outages have been reported by PG&E in Nevada County.

Traveling will be difficult at best in the Sierra Tuesday, with winds up to 50 mph possible and road closures possible, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Up to 15 inches of snow is expected at 5,000 feet, with the snow level dropping to 4,000 feet this afternoon.

Snowfall has caused Caltrans to issue chain controls from Nyack to Truckee on I-80, and on Highway 20 from five miles west of I-80 to I-80.

The California Highway Patrol reported a collision without injuries in the nearby area of Highway 20 near Washington Road and Skillman Flat Campground at 7:30 a.m.

Travelers are urged to call the California road conditions line at 1-800-427-7623 before driving in the Sierra today. Anyone who must travel in the upper elevations should bring tire chains, food, water, extra clothing and a flashlight.

Those traveling in the foothills and Sacramento Valley can expect wind gusts and rain throughout the day and into the evening.

A second storm system is expected to hit Wednesday, with more rain for the foothills and additional snow for the high Sierra.

After a possible lull Thursday, calmer storms are possible over the weekend that could bring more rain showers to the foothills and light-falling snow in the upper elevations.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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