Low snow causing crashes, chain controls | TheUnion.com

Low snow causing crashes, chain controls

Unexpected snow falling in the Sierra foothills caused crashes this morning in Nevada County and chain controls were in effect at 10:30 a.m. on Highway 20 from Nevada City to Interstate 80.

Tire chains were also required on I-80 both ways from Gold Run to Donner Lake and on Highway 49 from Downieville to Sattley in Sierra County.

Snow levels were predicted at 3,200 feet, but that had dropped to 2,400 feet about 9:30 a.m. Earlier in the morning, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the high Sierra to last through 4 a.m. Thursday.

The California Highway Patrol reported several Nevada County crashes on its Web site.

One at 10:30 a.m. had a vehicle hanging over the embankment on Highway 20 just above Nevada City near Harmony Ridge Road.

Another was reported at 10:22 a.m. for a car into a ditch at Pittsburg Mine Road and Banner Lava Cap Road near Nevada City.

Two more wrecks were reported at 9:50 a.m. on its Web site.

An ambulance was responding to a 9:50 a.m. crash at Golden Eagle Way and Mystic Mine Road in the Rough and Ready area.

There were no reported injuries at another 9:50 a.m. wreck at North Bloomfield Graniteville Road at Honeysuckle Way near Nevada City, where a vehicle ran off the roadway.

The CHP also reported a vehicle ran off Highway 20 at 8:26 a.m. at White Cloud Campground just east of Five Mile House. An ambulance was responding.

The National Weather Service is predicting more snow as the day progresses, with rain and gusty winds in the foothills.

Drivers are urged to call the state road conditions line at 1-800-427-7623 before driving in the Sierra today and tonight. Motorists should also carry tire chains, water, food, warm clothing and a flashlight in case of emergency.

Stay with TheUnion.com through the day to keep track of the winter storm and conditions around town.

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