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Sierra preps for storm

8:06 AM, Dec 3, 2013   |    comments
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Highway 50 snow, photo courtesy Marci Tyrrell

KINGVALE, Calif. - From Caltrans to hopeful ski resorts, the High Sierra is getting ready for a storm that's expected to drop at least eight inches of snow at higher elevations.

"Just in time, hopefully. And hopefully, mother nature will cooperate with not just the cold weather, but more snow for the Christmas holidays," said Boreal Mountain Resort night manager Ron Sylvia.

Boarders and skiers can't wait for some light, dry powder.

"Yeah, I'm stoked. And it's supposed to be cold so it should be good. Hopefully some nice, fresh snow up here in the morning. Be awesome," said boarder Jess Albery, who said she'll be back in the morning to sample the new snow.

The Pascual family of Hawaii were excited to see the snow fall tomorrow, the first time for their two young children.

"It's fun, it's cold. Not too much snow right now, but maybe tomorrow will be better," observed son Kepa Pascual as he managed to do a very good job of snowboarding for the first time.

Caltrans watched the weather moving in as blowers and plows stood ready to hit the freeway as the flurries begin falling.

"We chain graders. We make sure all the plows are ready, cutting edges and chain up blowers," said Caltrans manager Ryan Wallace.

Temperatures will drop dramatically as the system moves through, lowering to about 10 degrees above zero for a brief time at night later in the week.

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