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Snow backs up big rig traffic on Interstate 80, closes schools

Flurries falling in Colfax
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COLFAX, CA -- Semi-trucks line Interstate 80 and its interchanges and frontage roads from Auburn to Colfax this morning as they either wait out the snow storm or stop to put on chains. At Applegate, Caltrans is screening trucks to make sure they are carrying chains and turning them around if not. The chain control is at Colfax, where there is only a light dusting of snow left on rooftops and sidewalks, making roads and walkways slushy. Light snow was falling in Colfax but not sticking as of 10:45 a.m. The Alta Dutch Flat School District closed its Alta and Emigrant Gap schools for the day, due to snow and road conditions. Colfax Elementary School was holding classes on a regular schedule. “We’re hoping to finish off the day,” said school secretary Kate Karlberg. Clerks at McDonald’s restaurant said they hadn’t seen an increase in customers today and business was “not more than normal.” A barista at Starbucks also said it was “business as usual.” It’s also business as usual for Union Pacific. Track renovation crews closed Grass Valley Street in downtown Colfax this morning as scheduled. The closure is expected to continue through Monday, March 5. Motorists can take detours at Main Street and Highway 174 or use Tokayana Way to get to Placer Hills Road.