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Chains mandatory on some freeways as snow falls in Sierra

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Chains are required along stretches of Sierra Nevada freeways as snow continues to fall Thursday morning.

Interstate 80 drivers going between Baxter and Truckee needed chains as of 9:15 a.m., as did those on Highway 50 east of Kyburz, on Deer Creek Highway between Forest Ranch and Lomo in Butte County and on Highways 28, 89 and 267 near Lake Tahoe.

Chains were also required for all cargo trucks traveling on Highway 70 near Quincy, all around Lassen Peak and between Oak Valley and Vinton on Highway 49.

Five to eight inches of snow are expected to fall in Sierra passes by Friday morning, and one or two inches down to 2,000 feet elevation, according to the National Weather Service. Flurries may touch down as low as Auburn, which is above 1,200 feet above sea level.

Snowfall is predicted to be heaviest Thursday morning before coming back for a second round in the afternoon. A winter weather advisory warning is in place for the Sierra and foothill towns including Grass Valley and Burney. Lows in the Sacramento area will hover around freezing, with highs in the mid-50s, and light showers are possible after 10 a.m.

Caltrans offers tips for driving and traveling over the Sierra to Lake Tahoe in winter conditions of snow and rain.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, begel@sacbee,com

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