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Early snow blankets Sierra Nevada, delighting drought-weary California
Early snow blankets Sierra Nevada, delighting drought-weary California

An unusual early snowstorm blanketed the Sierra Nevada over the weekend, but the welcome sight isn't expected to last long as a warming trend spreads across California. The first snow of the season dumped up to 3 inches along the Lake Tahoe Basin, forcing authorities to shut down California 108 at Sonora Pass, which remained closed Monday, said Tom Dang, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sacramento. It was the first time in several years that a storm had dropped so much snow on the Sierra this early in the year, he added. "We are not complaining," Dang said. "Any and all rain is very much appreciated." Photographs showed a thick blanket...

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