FRESNO, Calif. (October 22, 2012)--The first major storm of the season on Monday dumped snow to the Sierra Nevada and rain across the rest of the region.
The National Weather Service issued travel advisories for higher elevations, where as much as 2 feet of snow was expected.
Snowplows were in operation above 4,500 feet on Interstate 80 and chains were required.
Meanwhile, Highway 20 was closed east of Nevada City after five big-rigs jackknifed in 6 inches of snow.
A winter storm warning will remain in effect for higher elevations until 5 a.m. Tuesday.
The heaviest snowfall is expected on Monday, though showers are likely into Tuesday night.
Yosemite National Park was expecting about 8 inches of snow at elevations above 6,000 feet.