Fresh Snow Covers the Sierra as Wet Weather Returns to the Valley

KINGVALE -- As rain fell in the Sacramento Valley Sunday, a fresh layer of snow fell in the Sierra.

The round of wet weather was expected to bring more than a foot of fresh powder to some places. By 8 p.m. Sunday, only a dusting of snow was hitting the Donner Pass rest area.

Then, on Monday, there was a Winter Weather Advisory in effect throughout the morning.

The snow was coming down on Interstate 80 in the morning and the roadways were a mess. For much of the morning, chain controls were in effect between Blue Canyon and Truckee.

But once the sun came up, it was time to hit the mountains.

"We just started this winter," said snowboarder Skip Lyons. "So this is our third or fourth time trying to snowboard."

Lyons and Lorena Panny made the three-hour trek from Los Banos to ride the slopes at Boreal Mountain Resort, and they weren't alone. So far this winter, ski resorts have been flooded with skiers because of the recent snowfall.

John Slaughter, director of markeing with Sugar Bowl Resort, said things were shaping up perfectly for the busiest day of the season -- the day after Christmas.

"You know, right now we are a little over 80 inches of snowfall for the year, which has been absolutely fantastic," Slaughter said. "We got early snow built up a really good base and now we are continuing to get these small storm cycles coming through and refreshing it. So it's setting us up perfect for the Christmas holiday."

So whether you’re a beginner like Lyons, hitting the bunny slopes at Boreal or an expert carving up Sugar Bowl, it's perfect to get to the mountains before Christmas, especially if you have a sick day or two saved up.

"Oh yeah, absolutely, use them before the holidays get here," Slaughter said.

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