Officials warned of dangerous driving conditions and avalanches in California’s Sierra Nevada and Tahoe on Thursday morning as a cold front slammed the mountain range. A second system is expected to push snowfall through the weekend, the National Weather Service said.
“The snow is falling,” said Scott Rowe, a meteorologist with the weather service. “Chain control is happening. We’ve seen a few reports of ski resorts reporting their first couple inches of snow. It’ll pile up as the day goes on. There will be a period in the next few hours with very heavy snowfall rates that will likely happen before 8 a.m. to noon. We’re talking 2 to 4 inches per hour. Today is going to be a really bad travel day.”