SACRAMENTO (AP / CBS13) – The dry strip of weather in downtown Sacramento has finally broken.
A cold front sweeping through drought-stricken northern California brought snow to the northern Sierra Nevada and rain, showers, and drizzle elsewhere.
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The snowfall in the sierra was significant enough to affect travel over the higher passes, the National Weather Service said.
All chain controls have been dropped.
That was a pretty wild ride for the first real storm of the year.
This photo was taken at 3:38 a.m. and by that time we had captured 10 inches of snow at Soda Springs and I-80. Not bad. pic.twitter.com/z3O6zmWVZP
– CHP Truckee (@CHP_Truckee) October 18, 2021
Caltrans reported that Ebbets Pass on State Route 4, Monitor Pass on State Route 89, and Sonora Pass on State Route 108 were closed due to inclement weather. Chain controls have been activated on a section of Interstate 80.
The chain controls were dropped late on Monday morning.
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Measurable Precipitation – 0.01 inches (0.03 centimeters) – Sunday night in downtown Sacramento ended 212 consecutive days of no rain at that location, the weather service said.
The low pressure system that produced the rainfall was moving rapidly towards the Great Basin.
The next round of rain in Northern California is expected to arrive on Tuesday evening, followed by a “cavalcade of rain opportunities” in the medium to long-term forecast, said the San Francisco Bay Area Weather Bureau.
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