Photos: Blizzard hammers Sierra, closing resorts and creating travel nightmares

TRUCKEE, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 01: Workers clear train tracks as snow falls north of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains during a powerful winter storm on March 01, 2024 in Truckee, California. Blizzard warnings have been issued with snowfall of up to 12 feet and wind gusts over 100 mph expected in some higher elevation locations. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Workers clear train tracks as snow falls north of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains during a powerful winter storm. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

California authorities shut down 100 miles of Interstate 80 on Friday as the biggest snowstorm of the season bore down on the Sierra Nevada, where residents were urged to take shelter and stay off roads as they prepared for up to 10 feet of snow in some areas and damaging winds.

“AAANNNDD WE’RE CLOSED!!” the California Highway Patrol posted on X, previously known as Twitter, saying the closure was due to “spin outs, high winds, and low visibility. No estimated time of reopening the freeway.”

Authorities closed the interstate in both directions after 5 p.m. on a day when the majority of more than a dozen ski resorts around Lake Tahoe were closed, a tornado touched down in Central California and visitors to Yosemite National Park were told to leave. The 100-mile closure is at the state border just west of Reno to near Emigrant Gap, Calif.

Truckee

Luis Apolinar attempts to dig out his vehicle as snow falls.
Luis Apolinar attempts to dig out his vehicle as snow falls in Truckee, Calif. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A person walks down a snow-covered road flanked by snowy pine trees as snow falls.
A person walks as snow falls near Truckee, Calif. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Michael Murray uses a snow blower in the dark during heavy snowfall in front of a church.
Michael Murray uses a snow blower during heavy snowfall in Truckee, Calif. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.