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Snow, rain pelt Northern California as major storm moves in

October 22, 2012 | 12:52 pm

The first big snowstorm of the season hit Northern California on Monday, prompting some travel advisories and power outages.

The storm moved in overnight, bringing steady rain and gusty winds to lower-elevation areas and several inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. 

In all, the Sacramento Bee said, the storm could dump up to 2 feet of snow in the mountains over the next two days.

Slick roads caused headaches for drivers during the morning commute, California Highway Patrol officers said. CHP Officer Rich Wetzel told the Bee "dozens of collisions and spinouts" occurred in the Sacramento area, but no major injuries were reported.

But the snow has led to travel advisories for higher elevation areas. Caltrans announced chains would be required on most vehicles between Placer and Nevada counties.

Power failures have also been a problem. Fox 40 Sacramento reported that nearly 10,000 homes were without power near Merced, and about 15,000 had lost power near Yosemite earlier in the day.

But as the storm rolled through, many residents had one question: Would the rain stop the Giants' game?

Fear not. Forecasters said that although intermittent showers were expected in San Francisco throughout the day, they shouldn't delay the 5:07 p.m. Game 7 against the Saint Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park.

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Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/22/4927239/first-fall-storm.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/22/4927239/first-fall-storm.html#storylink=cpy
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