OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hail is covering highways and streets in Northern California and snow is falling in the Sierra Nevada as a spring storm kicks off the week.

The National Weather Service reported 9 inches of new snow Monday morning at Tahoma, on Tahoe's west shore. Eight inches was reported at Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley near Tahoe City. A half-foot of new snow fell overnight at Mount Rose on the southwest edge of Reno.

Elevations above 3,000 feet (914 meters) can expect 3 to 8 inches (7 centimeters to 20 centimeters) of snow.

The rest of the day will have scattered showers in the valley locations and continued snow for the Sierra and coastal range above 3,000 ft. Chain controls have been issued this morning so always check ahead for all major Sierra roads and passes.

This cold system could spawn more thunderstorms this afternoon with brief but heavy rain, lightning, small hail, and gusty winds.