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Weekend storm dumps 3.5 feet of fresh snow at Lake Tahoe resorts

TRUCKEE (KRON) - Storms brought fresh snow to the Lake Tahoe area over the weekend. 

It also brought a traffic nightmare to visitors trying to drive back to the Bay Area Sunday. 

Officials shut down Interstate 80 Sunday from Placer County to the Nevada state line after the snowstorm reached the Lake Tahoe area. 

Resorts say some received 3.5 feet of fresh snow over the weekend and they're expecting even more snow this week. 

The National Weather Service on Monday issued a winter storm warning for areas in the Sierra Nevada above 4,000 feet (1,200 meters), saying snowy and gusty conditions will limit visibility.

Over three days 4.5 feet (1.37 meters) of snow accumulated at the summit of Mammoth Mountain, 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Tahoe, the resort said Monday. More than a foot (30 centimeters) fell in the upper elevations around Tahoe, including 19 inches (48 centimeters) at Squaw Valley.

Up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain fell in some Northern California coastal and valley areas, while mountain communities got heavy snow.

A new wet system is expected in the region on Tuesday night, but it won't be as intense but two more powerful storms are expected over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. 

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