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Big Storm Coming To California — And Could Dump 7 Feet Of Snow In High Sierra

Big Storm Coming To California — And Could Dump 7 Feet Of Snow In High Sierra

A blizzard warning expired Friday but whiteout conditions were still possible around Lake Tahoe, where a winter storm warning remained in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

Four feet (120 cm) already has fallen at Mammoth Mountain south of Yosemite National Park.

Sierra-at-Tahoe reported six inches of snow over the last 24 hours, bringing the summit's week-long total to two feet, four inches. "Travel is highly discouraged".

Winter storm warnings and advisories for the Sierra are in effect through Saturday morning.

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I-80 reopened Friday morning but chains or snow tires were required from west of the California-Nevada line across the top of the Sierra, and on all major mountain passes.

Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches with localized amounts of 21 inches are expected in the Warning area, while additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are anticipated in the Advisory area.

The county is following a rigorous new system of alerts that emphasizes evacuations well in advance of storms rather than suggesting residents can use their discretion. Officials will monitor forecasts and decide Thursday whether to order residents to leave areas hit by deadly storm flows in January. People can not be forced to leave their homes under a mandatory evacuation order, but authorities said they should not be expected to be rescued while the storm event is occurring. The current forecast anticipates heavy rain over vulnerable parts of the burn area, prompting Santa Barbara County officials to recommend that people living in parts of Carpinteria, Goleta, Montecito, Santa Barbara and Summerland evacuate starting Wednesday morning. "Just because the skies are blue right now doesn't mean there isn't a threat". There were no estimates on how many people may have left the area. Other districts in the foothills have yet to announce whether classes will be held.

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