The Latest – Tuesday, Feb. 22

1:15 p.m.

Snow is falling in the foothills. Placer County officials posted a video of snow in Auburn.

“It’s snowing in Auburn and sticking to the streets!! This is the view of the parking lot behind our county offices on Fulweiler Avenue,” the county’s official Twitter account posted.

The National Weather Service reported flurries and graupel, also known as soft hail, were spotted in elevations as low as 1,000 feet.

In the higher elevations, the California Highway Patrol said there have been multiple crashes in both directions of Interstate 80 near the state line.

By Monday afternoon, chain controls were still in effect along I-80 and Highway 50. Click or tap here to access the map run by Caltrans.


Original story below:

(KTXL) — Chilly temperatures, gusty winds and lots of snow: that’s what Northern California can expect Tuesday.

Snow started falling Monday night — bringing traffic frustrations with it. The snowfall is likely to bring reduced visibility, travel delays and chain controls to the Sierra.

“Be prepared for wet and icy roadway conditions. Make sure you have a full tank of gas,” said California Highway Patrol officer Seth Jennings. “And if you can avoid the area, avoid the area.”

“If you’re driving so fast that you can’t get traction in your car, even if that is below the 30 miles an hour, it’s still too fast,” officer Jennings continued.

But the storm is a welcome sight after six dry weeks. Dec. 24 marked the last heavy snowfall, bringing 74 inches of snowfall to Palisades Tahoe. 

This week’s storm might not make much of a dent in the drought, but it helps restock some of the snow that melted in recent weeks. 

And it’s the perfect quality of powder for skiers and snowboarders.

“The colder temperatures. The colder temperatures make the snow that much better,” said snowboarder Osa Dobos.

“Softer, fluffier and not as ridden on,” said snowboarder Patience Dobos. “So it’s not as packed down.”

Monday’s late-night crowd was light at Boreal, but soon there will be better opportunities for the crowds to drive up to the mountains. Wednesday is looking like the next best opportunity to make the drive without running into heavy snowfall.