An ‘unusual’ early fall storm stranded big rigs in the Sierra Nevada on Wednesday while unleashing gusty winds and snow in the mountains.
Westbound I-80 through the mountains was closed for more than two hours by stranded big-rigs and spun-out vehicles.
“We still have a lot of big rigs stacked up,” said California Highway Patrol dispatcher Kim Emery. “They’re either waiting or they’re chaining up.”
“It’s a storm similar to early December, but we just got it in early October,” said Johnnie Powell, a National Weather Service forecaster in Sacramento.
Another six inches to a foot of snow was expected by Thursday.
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