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Storm drenches Auburn, leaves fresh layer of snow in Sierra

Chains required on eastbound I-80 in upper regions over Donner Summit
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - A soggy storm that was continuing through Thursday brought rain and several inches of wet snow to Sierra ski resorts. Chains were required on all eastbound vehicles except 4-wheel-drive on Interstate 80 Thursday morning over the Donner Summit from a mile east of Baxter to Truckee. Eastbound trucks were being screened for chains at Applegate, about eight miles east of Auburn. Auburn was being pummeled sporadically through the morning by heavy rain. The National Weather Service’s Sacramento office reported that measurements near Downtown Auburn showed 1.08 inches of rain had fallen in the 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. Thursday. The Auburn Municipal Airport measurement higher up and to the east was 1.66 inches. Meteorologist Stefanie Henry said ski resorts were reporting about a foot of new snow from the storm Thursday. The snow level was at about 3,500 feet at 8 a.m. The stormy weather should clear out in time for the weekend, the weather bureau is forecasting. Henry said showers should continue through Friday but a clearing trend should result in sunny skies Saturday. Sunday should be warmer, with highs in the 60s, she said. A check of Caltrans traffic cameras online indicated that roads were wet but clear of snow over the summit by mid-Thursday-morning. The Dutch Flat camera showed no snow and wet conditions on the road. The road was clear at the Squaw Valley USA ski resort turnoff. Kingvale’s camera indicated snow flurries and trees were covered with a fresh dusting of snow.