Chain control was in effect on Interstate 80 over Donner Pass and Interstate 50 over Echo Summit on Monday morning as a late-season storm swept the Tahoe Basin. 

Intermittent snow showers remain in the forecast through the day Monday and into Tuesday. Slick roads and travel delays are likely, the National Weather Service said.

“Rain/snow showers will continue through the evening with snow levels dropping,” the weather service’s Reno office posted on Twitter. “Drivers can expect and should be prepared for winter like driving conditions if traversing the Sierra tonight into tomorrow morning.”

Weather service forecaster Hanna Chandler-Cooley said because this storm is hitting at the end of the season, the snowfall is much lighter than it would be in the middle of winter and only a couple inches are expected. 

“This is definitely not unusual,” Chandler-Cooley said. “We say our wet season in Tahoe goes through May. If we had these storms a few months ago, it would be a different story and there would be a lot more snow.”

The Tahoe Basin also received a hit of snow on Sunday, and Tahoe Palisades recorded 4 inches of fresh powder in the last 24 hours. 

The storms ushered in a mass of chilly air. Morning temperatures at the start of the week are expected to be 15 to 25 degrees below normal, the weather service said.

“Make sure you’re prepared by bringing in or covering cold-sensitive plants, and your irrigation pipes and sprinklers are protected,” the weather service warned.

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