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For the first major snowfall of 2018 skiers and snowboarders headed up to Boreal to play in all the fresh powder.

“We`re going to get it,” said Cole Johnson. “We`re going to shred the slopes. We`re ready for it.”

Friday had perfect conditions for a day on the slopes and snow enthusiasts have been waiting for the sight for months.

“It just hasn`t been as much snow, as good of weather conditions,” Johnson said. “It`s been really icy. It`s been warm up here, so it`s mostly been raining.”

Even people new to the sport are taking advantage of the freshly fallen powder.

“So this is my first time though experiencing fresh powdered snow, so I`m totally stoked about that,” said Jessica Burke.

Chains or snow tires are required over most Sierra passes, including Interstate 80 in California from near Truckee to Kingvale, after a winter storm dumped about a foot (30 centimeters) of snow in the upper elevations.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. Friday for the Lake Tahoe region.

A winter weather advisory continues until 4 a.m. Saturday in northeast Nevada, including Elko County where as much of 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow is possible in the valleys and up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) in the mountains.

Snow plows were out in full force Friday morning to try to clean Interstate 80 before weekend travelers started heading up the hill.

“I would expect we are going to see an incredible volume of traffic,” said Liza Whitmore with Caltrans.

The National Weather Service says 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow has been recorded at the Northstar ski resort near Truckee and about 10 inches (25 centimeters) at Mt. Rose southwest of Reno. Up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) was reported at Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe.

Caltrans officials have been reminding drivers to take it slow in the ice and snow.

“Be patient,” Whitmore said. “Leave space between you and the car in front of you. Bring some extra food and water. Make sure your fuel tank is filled because there may be some congestion and everybody`s gonna want to come up and everybody`s gonna want to go home again on Sunday as well.”