VIDEO: What you need to know if you’re traveling to the Sierra during recent snow storm

 

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Snow is falling on the Sierra and with that comes heavier than normal traffic in the Lake Tahoe Area.

On Friday night, it is still snowing, with some areas getting up to 3 feet of snow. It is making for scary conditions.

But it is still absolutely beautiful out there, which is why a lot of people are coming to the area.

Trucks are required to carry chains, but cars with four-wheel drive are not required to have them.

If you are planning to drive to this area, make sure you drive slow and expect slower than normal traffic.

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Of course, there have been a lot of visitors, and KRON4 talked to a couple who brought her son to the see the snow.

“My husband loves to snowboard, and I love the snow,” mother Hayley Thomas said. “We don’t get to come up as often as we would like, but since it’s our first trip of the season, and we did get to bring our son, it’s joyful that we get to actually share this tradition with him.”

KRON4 also spoke with a truck driver who is driving in the snow for the first time and said he is a little intimidated.

The Tioga Pass entry point to Yosemite National Park received 35 inches of snow in 24 hours, the weather service said.

Building snowpack in the Sierra is critical for California’s water supply after five years of drought.

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Roads into Yosemite Valley were open again Friday after being closed overnight due to potential flooding. The Merced River crested below flood stage, resulting in no major damage to park roads or operations.

San Francisco recorded more than an inch of rain in 24 hours, with areas further north seeing 2 to 4 inches and 5 to nearly 7 inches recorded in some areas of the Sierra Nevada, along with at least one wind gust of over 100 mph.

WEB LINKS:

BAY AREA TRAFFIC MAP: http://kron4.com/san-francisco-traffic-conditions/

BAY AREA WEATHER ALERTS: http://kron4.com/weather-alerts/

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