NATION : Chains, Snow Tires in Sierra Nevada

<i> From Times wire service</i> s

Snow fell on the highway passes in the Sierra Nevada range today, prompting the first road controls of the season, the California and Nevada highway patrol offices reported.

The Nevada Highway Patrol this morning called for chains or snow tires on the Mt. Rose Highway out of Reno and going up to the east shore of Lake Tahoe. The controls were for a 14-mile stretch leading up to State Route 28.

A few vehicles spun out on the slippery surface over Donner Pass on Interstate 80, a CHP dispatcher at Truckee said. The highway patrol recommended that drivers slow down on the highway or “stay home,” she added.