Northern California is waking up to light snow in the Sierra and dry roads in the Valley.  

As the storm hit there were several crashes in the Sierra and the foothills. As of Friday morning, some chain controls remain with icy roads as well. 

Fog is developing in some valley areas as the sun rises. 

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[Scroll to the bottom of the article for school closures]

Highway 50 over Echo Summit

Traffic has been allowed to move through released but chain controls remain in effect.

I-80 in Northern California and Sierra Nevada

Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all 4 wheels from 3.4 miles east of Gold Run in Placer County to the Nevada state line.

Eastbound trucks are being screened at Applegate in Placer County. Drivers must have maximum chains in their possession in order to proceed. Permit loads are prohibited.

Highway 50 in the Sacramento Valley and the Lake Tahoe Basin

Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all 4 wheels from 9 miles east of Placerville to Meyers in El Dorado County.

Highway 49 in Northern California

Chains or snow tires are required from 3.5 miles north of Camptonville in Yuba County to Sattley in Sierra County.

Chains or snow tires are required from Sierraville in Sierra County to the Sierra-Plumas county line.

Chains or snow tires are required from 7.3 miles south of Vinton to Vinton in Plumas County.


Update 6 a.m.

Schools in the area are deciding if they should shut down due to the storm. Some schools that will be closed on Friday, or those that have closed early on Thursday, include the following:

From @YubaNet via Twitter:

“The Nevada City School District is doing an early release at 12:30 p.m. Twin Ridges is closed, Sierra College Child Development Center is closing, Nevada Union has pre-planned an early release at 12:50 pm. Nevada City School of the Arts is closing.”

From the Placer Union High School District: 

“Foresthill High School was closed at 12:30 p.m. and Colfax High School is closing at 2 p.m.”

From the Grass Valley School District:

“We are closing as soon as we can get a message out. Busses will roll at 1:15 p.m. Because of snow and hazardous driving conditions, we don't know about [Friday] yet. Superintendent / bus company and CHP will conference call in the am around 5:30 a.m.” 

From the Camino Union School District: 

"There will be no school on Friday due to expected icy conditions. Stay safe everyone and please remember Monday is a holiday. See you Tuesday!" 

From the Camino Union Elementary School District:

"Due to weather and road conditions school will be closed tomorrow January 17th for Camino and Camino Poly. Please be safe and we will see you all on Tuesday January 21st. Have a great weekend!"

From the Pollock Pines Elementary School District 

"Due to the continuing snow overnight and the anticipated icy road conditions in the morning, there will be no school tomorrow, Friday, January 17th. Thank you for your understanding and if you need to travel please be careful." 

This includes Pinewood Elementary and Sierra Ridge Middle school.

Gold Oak Union School District and Silver Fork School District are also closed on Jan 17.

From Pioneer Union School District

"All schools in the pioneer union school district in Somerset will be closed today due to inclement weather."

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