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Interstate 80 Reopens in Sierra Nevada After 4-Day-Long Storm Warning

Vehicles drive through Interstate 80 in the Donner Pass area of the Sierra Nevada west of Truckee on Feb. 28, 2019. (Credit: California Highway Patrol Truckee Division/ Facebook)

Vehicles drive through Interstate 80 in the Donner Pass area of the Sierra Nevada west of Truckee on Feb. 28, 2019. (Credit: California Highway Patrol Truckee Division/ Facebook)

A winter storm warning that has been in effect for four days in the Sierra Nevada has finally expired and U.S. Interstate 80 has reopened but the relief from the winter weather will be short-lived.

The warning that had been in place since Monday expired at 4 a.m. Thursday.

Up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) of new snow fell the last three days in the mountains around Lake Tahoe where more than 40 feet (12 meters) has fallen this winter, 20 feet (6 meters) in February alone.

The National Weather Service forecasts windy but clear conditions Thursday and Friday. Another storm should make its way into the region Saturday with snow possible on the valley floors around Reno and Carson City.

The heaviest snowfall is expected in the mountains south of Lake Tahoe and west of the California-Nevada line.

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