The Latest: CHP officer struck by car on snowy mountain pass


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local):

7 p.m.

Officials say a patrol officer is hospitalized with major injuries after being hit by a vehicle as he provided traffic control on a treacherous mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada.

The California Highway Patrol said the officer was struck Saturday afternoon on Interstate 80 at Donner Summit. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Westbound lanes were closed for about an hour as authorities investigated the accident.

Chain control is in effect on the mountain pass because of heavy snow.

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3:40 p.m.

Rain and snow are back in Northern California after a midmorning lull.

Forecasters expect up to 4 feet of snow in the higher crests of the Sierra Nevada and up to 18 inches in Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.

Caltrans officials said Saturday that traffic on Interstate 80 is stopped at Truckee because of a traffic collision.

Another storm system is forecast for Sunday, but after that, the rest of the week should be sunny and dry throughout California with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, the National Weather Service reports.

A soaking late this week gave a brief blast to Southern California and tied up traffic in Northern California on Friday.

More than 3 inches of rain has fallen in Marin County’s Kentfield in the last 72 hours.

The unincorporated town of Venado in Sonoma County has seen nearly 8.5 inches of rain fall within the last 72 hours.

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11:37 a.m.

Rain continued to sprinkle in Northern California on Saturday as residents prepared for another windy, showery system forecast for later in the day.

Forecasts call for another 2 to 4 feet of snow in the higher crests of the Sierra Nevada starting tonight through Monday. That snowpack normally stores about 30 percent of the water supply to drought-stricken California.

A supervisor at Aston Lakeland Village Resort in South Lake Tahoe says the number of people who have booked rooms because they want to ski has the place almost full.

The fresh system follows a late week soaking that gave a brief blast to Southern California while closing schools and snarling traffic in Northern California on Friday, especially in counties north of San Francisco where rivers swelled and flood risk was high.

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2:53 a.m.

Rough weather that gave a brief blast to Southern California was set to maintain its steady stay over Northern California into the weekend.

The storm closed schools and snarled traffic in Northern California on Friday, especially north of San Francisco in Sonoma County and Mendocino county, where rivers swelled and flood risk was high.

In the inland mountains, snow was forecast in the Sierra Nevada through the weekend. That snowpack normally stores about 30 percent of the water supply to drought-stricken California.

Roads were closed because of floods and mudslides. The closures included a portion of California Highway 1 in Mendocino County where overnight slides nearly toppled a California Department of Transportation dump truck with an employee inside. The truck hit a guardrail — stopping its fall — and landed at a 45-degree angle.

No one was injured.