LIVE BLOG: Mid-January Storm Brings Wind, Rain to Valley, Heavy Snow in Sierra

A major weather system moving through Northern California Wednesday into Thursday brought heavy wind and rain into the valley and blizzard-like conditions in the higher elevations of the Sierra.

The heavy precipitation did take a momentary break during the rush hour drive Wednesday evening on Interstate 80 in Placer County, but not for long. It came back with ferocity later on in the night.

At one point Wednesday night, around 225 Fair Oaks SMUD customers lost power after a tree fell on La Serena Drive and snapped part of a power pole. Crews had power restored to the neighborhood around 10 p.m.

A blizzard warning was in effect in the High Sierra as heavy snowfall conspired with gusty winds, creating dangerous conditions in the mountains.

A jackknifed big rig over Donner Summit blocked all the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80. Travelers were stuck behind it for about an hour.

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