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Cooler temps here to stay for Memorial Day weekend

Cooler temps here to stay for Memorial Day weekend

Cool temperatures on Friday will continue into the Memorial Day holiday weekend. News10 meteorologist Mellisa Paul said Saturday we'll see variable clouds through the valley and highs in the low 70s. Snow showers are expected up in Tahoe so if you're headed there for camping, be prepared.

Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day) will be mostly sunny in the valley but more clouds through the foothills and Sierra, said Paul. Highs will be in the mid 70s.

On Tuesday, you'll head back to work in partly to mostly sunny skies and highs unseasonably cool in the lower 70s.

Low snow and late season storm surprise Foothill residents

GRASS VALLEY, CA - All the snow and hail in the Foothills overnight and Sunday morning caught many people off guard. Several residents sounded off on the low snow and late-season storm.

Richard Barlow was out getting his morning paper in the Chicago Park area of Grass Valley. When he woke up, there was 3 quarter of an inch of snow on his front deck.

"Usually by now, we're getting into more of the sunshine pattern-- maybe drizzly rain but not snow come down this far," said Barlow.

Snow levels were reported as low as 2,000 feet in the Foothills Sunday morning. Chain controls started at Colfax.

by Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net

After almost 24 hour-long closure, Interstate 80 returns to normalcy

PLACER COUNTY, CA - One of the most intense, long-lasting winter storms in recent memory tapered off enough Saturday to allow all vehicles to resume use of Interstate 80 through the Sierra. The road was shut down in both directions for nearly 24 hours Thursday and Friday.

Cars were allowed over the summit late Friday, and semi trucks were able to start passing on Saturday.

"It's been a long storm," said Caltrans supervisor Steve Elkington, as snow continued to fall Saturday. "We're all getting tired."

One Caltrans worker estimated they had at least five feet of snow at their Whitmore station, near Blue Canyon, from Wednesday through Saturday. The accumulation total was even greater at the summit.

"It's definitely the largest storm I've seen since I've been here," said Elkington, in his eighth year with Caltrans.

Storm closes I-80 until noon Friday

COLFAX, CA - A strong spring storm has closed Interstate 80 in the Sierra until noon Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Caltrans told News10's Melissa Crowley Friday morning "it is a mess."

The CHP made the updated closure announcement late Thursday evening. CHP ordered the Interstate shut down from Colfax to the Nevada state line because of blowing snow.

Drivers who thought they could get out in front of the storm were surprised when they got to the main Colfax exit on I-80, and were turned back by Caltrans.

"It's just unbelievable," said Don Freed of Berkeley, who regularly vacations in the Tahoe region with his family.

"This is the first time we've ever had to turn around. We've been delayed, we've had 8 hour trips, 10 hour trips, but we've always made it. This is the first time where we don't actually think we can make it."

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Northwest winds and patchy low clouds overnight lead to Thursday morning's foggy conditions during the commute. But skies cleared and the sun will be shining by afternoon as a high pressure ridge builds in across the state, according to News10 meteorologist Mellisa Paul.

Highs for Thursday will be near 60 and north winds will calm throughout the day leading to a foggy Friday forecast in the valley. But the fog should clear late in the day Friday for an afternoon of sunshine and highs remaining near 60.