A California snow storm has forced the closure of key highways and ignited concerns over potential avalanches, disrupting travel and raising alarms for residents and authorities alike.

The weekend blizzards have already deposited more than a foot of snow, with predictions suggesting that up to 30 cm more could fall by Sunday’s end.

Interstate 80, a crucial artery connecting Colfax to the Nevada state line, has been out of commission since Friday. High winds have exacerbated the situation, creating snow squalls that obscure visibility and make travel perilous.

The California Department of Transportation has been working tirelessly to clear the snow and ensure the safety of the roadway, but the relentless nature of the storm has made their efforts particularly challenging.

Photographic evidence from the region illustrates the severity of the blizzard conditions. The Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe areas have been blanketed in a thick layer of snow, presenting a picturesque yet dangerous landscape.

California Snow Storm

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The National Weather Service (NWS) has released data showing that some areas, such as Bear Valley in Alpine County, have received an astonishing 57 inches of snow in just three days. Soda Springs has also seen significant snowfall, with totals nearing 5 feet.

Reports are also coming in of blizzard conditions slamming the state, with forecasts predicting up to 12 feet of snow in certain areas. This unprecedented level of snowfall, coupled with powerful winds, is creating rare blizzard conditions that have not been seen in years.

The heavy snowfall has halted travel, forced ski resorts to close, and even led to the temporary closure of Yosemite National Park. These measures, while disruptive, are necessary to ensure public safety in the face of such extreme weather conditions.

Power outages have compounded the storm’s impact, with more than 22,000 customers in northern California left without electricity. The risk of avalanches in the backcountry mountains of Eastern Sierra Nevada remains high, prompting forecasters to advise residents and visitors to stay indoors.

Despite the easing of blizzards, the National Weather Service predicts that more snow-laden winter storms are on the horizon for much of the region on Monday and Tuesday. This ongoing severe weather event shows the need for preparedness and caution in the face of nature’s unpredictability.

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