LIVE BLOG: Storm Brings More Snow to Sierra, Lower Elevations

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POLLOCK PINES -- The Sierra continued to get a significant amount of snow Monday, with meteorologists predicting some snowfall in the lower elevations.

The National Weather Service tweeted Monday that light snow could fall between 1,500 feet and 750 feet.

Chain controls were in effect along Interstate 80 and Highway 50 throughout the day.

Hazardous conditions in higher elevations were expected into Tuesday. Caltrans closed Interstate 80 at the Nevada Stateline earlier Monday due to whiteout conditions, and a number of schools in the Sierra were closed for the day.

Schools at the following districts will be closed on Wednesday due to the storm:

Camino Union School District
Indian Diggings School District
Gold Oak Union School District
Silver Fork School District
Pioneer Union School District
Pollock Pines Elementary School District

Schools at the following districts will start at a later time on Wednesday:

EDCOE Charter Career Prep, University Prep, Connections Academy, and Home School Academy - 1-hour delay - Extended Day morning programs will not open until school opens.
El Dorado High School - 2-hour delay
Union Mine High School - 2-hour delay
Black Oak Mine Unified School District (all schools) - 2-hour delay
Mother Lode Union School District - 2-hour delay
Placerville Union School District - 1-hour delay

The closures allowed Caltrans crews to clear the lanes for eventual opening without working around traffic and the spinouts that are inevitable when it snows this hard.

In the afternoon, multiple people were in Colfax who had been waiting for hours.

Officials issued blizzard and avalanche warnings for the Sierra through Monday.

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At the same time, many in El Dorado County reveled in the kind of conditions that usually only hit the high country.

Others who continued toward Tahoe on Highway 50 found themselves stuck at a chain control checkpoint. The slowdown there was at least 20 minutes and even getting through all that didn't mean getting far.

Ten miles east there was a full-out stop as avalanche control and two jackknifed big rigs rearranged schedules on the fly.

All of it amounted to a lot of frustration for people who were either stopped at Sly Park Road or were forced to turn around and head back toward Sacramento.

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