CALIFORNIA (KTXL) — Rain and snow fell across Northern California on Thursday morning and is expected to last into the afternoon and evening. 

In the Central Valley, rain is expected throughout the morning and afternoon from as far north as Red Bluff down to Merced, with a large part of the Bay Area also receiving moderate to heavy rain, according to the National Weather Service.

The rain is expected to taper off as the day progresses, the NWS said. In the Sacramento area, there could be between a quarter and half of an inch of rain.

The snow has a “major impact” on travel across the mountains in areas with elevation above 2,500 feet, such as Pine Grove, Buckhorn, Dew Drop, Ham’s Station, Carson Spur, Kirkwood, Carson Pass, and Pickett’s Junction, according to Caltrans.

Just after 11:30 a.m., the California Highway Patrol’s office in Truckee said in a tweet that traffic on I-80 would be held because of a jackknifed big rig near Hirschdale Road.

In the same tweet, the CHP said “Big rigs are being turned around westbound and the Nevada State line, and eastbound at Alta.”

Several minutes later, the CHP advised about a second jackknifed big rig a few miles east of the first one, near the state line with Nevada.

The CHP is holding traffic at the state line until the “big rigs and spin outs” are cleared.

Several spun-out vehicles at Castle Peak along eastbound I-80 and at the Nevada state line along westbound I-80have also caused traffic delay’s

Caltrans District 3 said snow chains are required on all vehicles except for those with four-wheel drive and snow tires on all four wheels in the following areas:

  • State Route 4 from Big Meadows (Calaveras County) to Mt. Reba turnoff (Alpine County)
  • State Route 88 from 6.3 miles east of Ham’s Station (Amador County) to 1 mile west of Woodfords (Alpine County)
  • State Route 89 from Picketts Junction (Alpine County) to 2.7 miles south of the junction of U.S. 50/Luther Pass (El Dorado County)
  • State Route 108 from seven miles east of Long Barn to 7.2 miles east of Strawberry (Tuolumne County), State Route 4/Ebbetts Pass, State Route 89/Monitor Pass, State Route 108/Sonora Pass, and State Route 120/Tioga Pass are closed
Photo from Caltrans District 10

The California Highway Patrol office in Truckee said rest areas over Donner Summit are closed during winter storms and are urging the public to not go through the snow banks. 

El Dorado County officials said all non-emergency county offices in South Lake Tahoe will be closed to the public on Thursday due to weather and road conditions. 

In Stanislaus County, the sheriff’s office warned the public to be prepared for high winds and heavy rain throughout the day and to drive safely.

The sheriff’s office urges drivers to keep a safe distance from vehicles, take their time while driving, watch for road hazards/puddles, and turn on highlights.