High elevations of the Sierra Nevada sported new dustings of snow Friday, a day after a late spring snowstorm snarled traffic with numerous spinouts on part of Interstate 80 over Donner Summit.
Forecasters say the cold, low-pressure system fueling the snow and rain could hamper travel through Saturday.
"It's May, right?" the National Weather Service tweeted from its Reno, Nevada, office.
The cold and slow-moving low-pressure system was expected to bring intermittent light to moderate snow to the Sierra and western Nevada into the weekend, forecasters said.
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The California Highway Patrol reported “multiple collisions” Thursday afternoon near Donner Pass west of Truckee, California.
The Reno Gazette Journal reported traffic was at a standstill at one point at Truckee. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The National Weather Service said up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow was expected with up to 7 inches (17. cm) possible in some upper elevations of the Sierra’s western front. It said the cold, slow-moving weather system will bring breezy conditions and temperatures well-below normal through Saturday.
“Heavier snow showers in the mountains could result in sudden slick roadways and traffic incidents,” the service said in a special weather statement Thursday afternoon. “This rain and snow-shower pattern will likely occur again Friday and Saturday.”