2002 is going out like a lion, weather wise. Wind, driving rain and heavy snow will continue through much of this New Year’s Eve morning.
The National Weather Service says snow amounts of 8 to 16 inches are likely in and near Yosemite. Higher elevations may pick up a quick 2-feet of snow by the time this front tapers off this afternoon.
Icy conditions reported on Highway 108 near Little Sweden. CHP and emergency units responded to a four-vehicle head-on traffic collision east of Little Sweden.
Use extreme care if driving in the upper elevation roadways this morning. Conditions are treacherous.
The California Highway Patrol says major roads through the Sierra are closed because of whiteout conditions.
The CHP says visibility on the Donner Summit hit zero early this morning, forcing them to close the pass. Highway 80 is closed at Applegate. Trucks trying to cross through have been asked to turn around and are headed back to the Auburn fairgrounds to wait out the storm. Authorities expect to reopen Highway 50 and Highway 80 later this morning. A wind advisory has also been issued for the Sierra foothills. Wind speeds are about 20 to 30 miles per hour.
News Year’s Day should bring partly cloudy skies with highs in the mid-to-lower 50s.