Monster blizzard buries California’s Sierra Nevada mountains


A powerful blizzard that closed highways and ski resorts has moved through the Sierra Nevada but forecasters warn that more snow is on the way for Northern California mountains.

A stretch of Interstate 80 from west of Lake Tahoe to the Nevada state line finally reopened to all but big rigs late Monday morning after a lengthy closure. Blizzard warnings have expired but a new system is expected to bring periods of moderate mountain snow.

  • Workers clear snow in a residential neighborhood, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Workers clear snow in a residential neighborhood, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Workers clear snow in a residential neighborhood, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • A group of friends ski on a residential street during a snowstorm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)A group of friends ski on a residential street during a snowstorm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    A group of friends ski on a residential street during a snowstorm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Residents try to clear snow during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Residents try to clear snow during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Residents try to clear snow during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Jake Coleman digs out his car along North Lake Boulevard as snow continues to fall in Tahoe City, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)Jake Coleman digs out his car along North Lake Boulevard as snow continues to fall in Tahoe City, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

    Jake Coleman digs out his car along North Lake Boulevard as snow continues to fall in Tahoe City, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

  • Snow is cleared from a sidewalk during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Snow is cleared from a sidewalk during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Snow is cleared from a sidewalk during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • A man covers his head with a jacket during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)A man covers his head with a jacket during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    A man covers his head with a jacket during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Snow piles up in a neighborhood during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Snow piles up in a neighborhood during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Snow piles up in a neighborhood during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Snow is cleared from the entrance to a business during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Snow is cleared from the entrance to a business during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Snow is cleared from the entrance to a business during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • USPS trucks are covered in snow during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)USPS trucks are covered in snow during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    USPS trucks are covered in snow during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • A person uses a blower to clear snow during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)A person uses a blower to clear snow during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    A person uses a blower to clear snow during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • A man uses a snow blower as snow piles up during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)A man uses a snow blower as snow piles up during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    A man uses a snow blower as snow piles up during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • A highway sign is covered in snow during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)A highway sign is covered in snow during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    A highway sign is covered in snow during a storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Workers clear snow off a roof of a building during a blizzard Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Workers clear snow off a roof of a building during a blizzard Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Workers clear snow off a roof of a building during a blizzard Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Palisades Tahoe ski resort remains closed during a blizzard Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Palisades Tahoe ski resort remains closed during a blizzard Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Palisades Tahoe ski resort remains closed during a blizzard Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • People ski during a snow storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)People ski during a snow storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    People ski during a snow storm, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • A person skis during a snow storm Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)A person skis during a snow storm Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    A person skis during a snow storm Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Olympic Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • J.J. Morgan clears snow on Church Street near the historic Truckee Hotel as snow continues to fall in downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)J.J. Morgan clears snow on Church Street near the historic Truckee Hotel as snow continues to fall in downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

    J.J. Morgan clears snow on Church Street near the historic Truckee Hotel as snow continues to fall in downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

  • A drone view shows a snow-covered downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)A drone view shows a snow-covered downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

    A drone view shows a snow-covered downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

  • Patrons enter Jax At The Tracks diner past snow drifts in downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)Patrons enter Jax At The Tracks diner past snow drifts in downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

    Patrons enter Jax At The Tracks diner past snow drifts in downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

  • A man and his dog walk up to the Tahoe Donner Recreation and Park District’s Community Arts Center in downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)A man and his dog walk up to the Tahoe Donner Recreation and Park District’s Community Arts Center in downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

    A man and his dog walk up to the Tahoe Donner Recreation and Park District’s Community Arts Center in downtown Truckee, Calif., Sunday, March 3, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

  • A person uses a snow blower to clear snow from a driveway during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)A person uses a snow blower to clear snow from a driveway during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Snow covers a property, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power.(AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Snow covers a property, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power.(AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Snow covers a property, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power.(AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • A mailbox and the roof of a home are covered in snow during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)A mailbox and the roof of a home are covered in snow during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Chains are installed on a big rig’s tires during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Chains are installed on a big rig’s tires during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • A person uses a shovel trying to clear snow from a property during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)A person uses a shovel trying to clear snow from a property during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • A person tries to clear snow from a road during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)A person tries to clear snow from a road during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Snow covers the landscape in front of a store, during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Snow covers the landscape in front of a store, during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Snow covers the shore on Donner Lake, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Snow covers the shore on Donner Lake, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. A powerful blizzard howled Saturday in the Sierra Nevada as the biggest storm of the season shut down a long stretch of Interstate 80 in California and gusty winds and heavy rain hit lower elevations, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Crews clears trees along Donner Lake, where power was lost due to a snow storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Crews clears trees along Donner Lake, where power was lost due to a snow storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Crews clears trees along Donner Lake, where power was lost due to a snow storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Crews clears trees along Donner Lake, where power was lost due to a snow storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Crews clears trees along Donner Lake, where power was lost due to a snow storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Crews clears trees along Donner Lake, where power was lost due to a snow storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Residents try to clear snow during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Residents try to clear snow during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Residents try to clear snow during a storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Snow is cleared from sidewalks in front of businesses during snow storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in downtown Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)Snow is cleared from sidewalks in front of businesses during snow storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in downtown Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

    Snow is cleared from sidewalks in front of businesses during snow storm, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in downtown Truckee, Calif. (AP Photo/Brooke Hess-Homeier)

  • Brothers Bob and Ron Barrett, of Klamath Falls, from left, snowshoe in downtown Truckee, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. They couldn’t get their truck out of a nearby parking lot because of all of the snow. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)Brothers Bob and Ron Barrett, of Klamath Falls, from left, snowshoe in downtown Truckee, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. They couldn’t get their truck out of a nearby parking lot because of all of the snow. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

    Brothers Bob and Ron Barrett, of Klamath Falls, from left, snowshoe in downtown Truckee, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. They couldn’t get their truck out of a nearby parking lot because of all of the snow. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

  • Jose Cervantes clears snow from Church Street in downtown Truckee, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)Jose Cervantes clears snow from Church Street in downtown Truckee, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

    Jose Cervantes clears snow from Church Street in downtown Truckee, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

  • Hailee Lind shovels snow from the shopping cart corral in the parking lot of Safeway in Camino, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Lezlie Sterling/The Sacramento Bee via AP)Hailee Lind shovels snow from the shopping cart corral in the parking lot of Safeway in Camino, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Lezlie Sterling/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

    Hailee Lind shovels snow from the shopping cart corral in the parking lot of Safeway in Camino, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Lezlie Sterling/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

  • Adirana Chacon, of Walnut Creek, walks with her daughter Alicia, 2, to see the snow for the first time after stopping to put chains on their vehicle on U.S. 50 near Pollock Pines, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2024. Chain control was in effect from Pollack Pines to Echo Summit after a blizzard brought heavy snow to the Sierra Nevada. (Lezlie Sterling/The Sacramento Bee via AP)Adirana Chacon, of Walnut Creek, walks with her daughter Alicia, 2, to see the snow for the first time after stopping to put chains on their vehicle on U.S. 50 near Pollock Pines, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2024. Chain control was in effect from Pollack Pines to Echo Summit after a blizzard brought heavy snow to the Sierra Nevada. (Lezlie Sterling/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

  • A sign is buried in deep snow along Highway 89 outside of Tahoe City, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)A sign is buried in deep snow along Highway 89 outside of Tahoe City, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

    A sign is buried in deep snow along Highway 89 outside of Tahoe City, Calif., on Saturday, March 2, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

Several ski resorts were closed all weekend. Power has been restored to thousands who lost service but some outages continue.

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