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Storm Slams Into Mother Lode

It´s a commuting nightmare again this morning in the Sierra and throughout western Nevada. Chains or snow tires are required everywhere, with chains mandatory to cross the Sierra on either Interstate-80 or US 50.

And it´s not over. After a brief respite this morning, more snow is forecast later in the day for the Sierra, where a snow advisory is in effect.

While accumulations from the next wave will be measured in inches rather than feet, winds gusting to 30 miles an hour will whip the snow across highways, adding to the driving misery.

Snow showers are forecast through tomorrow with some clearing by Sunday as shopper’s head out for their last weekend fling before Christmas.

The latest in a series of powerful winter Pacific storms is showering California with wind, rain and snow this morning.

The storm has caused the closure of a number of schools in the Mother Lode for the day

Tuolumne County Sheriffs deputies say a tree fell into a home on the 16,000-block of Creekside Drive just after 9 p.m. last night. More rain and snow will continue to pelt the region through the weekend and all the way to Christmas Day.

In the north, the most recent storm brought flooding, gale-force winds and an unusual dusting of snow to the coastal mountains north of San Francisco.

Nearly 68-thousand Pacific Gas and Electric customers lost power yesterday around the Bay area. Two thousand of those had been without power since the storm that hit last week. In the south, snow has completely closed Highway Five at Parker Road in the Grapevine – a main artery into Los Angeles County – early this morning. But the pouring rain that hit Southern California late last night has not resulted any serious traffic accidents. The CHP says they have no reports of fatalities so far, just a few spinouts. Forecasters expect several inches of snow in higher elevations and at least a few inches in lower elevations in the far north. More than a foot of snow was expected in the eastern Sierra.