It's Christmas Eve and many places are looking for an early out today, so don't be surprised to find them closed this afternoon. That includes The Record-Courier, which is shutting its doors at 1 p.m. School's out through New Year.
Chains or snow tires are required on pretty much every mountain highway and on Highway 395 from Muller Lane south to Topaz, and then again south of Walker all the way to Bridgeport. All three passes are requiring four-wheel drive or chains, so if you're traveling be prepared for a slow slog through the mountains.
The National Weather Service issued an avalanche warning on Sunday morning, thanks to heavy snow loads and steep aspects. I could hear the artillery going off at Heavenly. The TV news is reporting an avalanche injured two people at Squaw Valley on Sunday morning.
A winter weather advisory goes in effect for the Sierra starting 4 p.m. Tuesday, with snow accumulations of 10-15 inches above 7,000 feet and 5-10 inches at Lake level. If you're going somewhere, best to take advantage of the brief window in the weather and get thee over the hill now.
Meanwhile, down in the Valley our white Christmas is rapidly turning into a wet one after rain washed away much of the snow on Sunday. Looking back, Heavenly Valley saw 38 inches of snow from the storm. I measured 3.5 inches in Genoa on Sunday morning, before the rain showed up. Looking ahead, today's forecast is for snow before 10 a.m. and then partly sunny skies with a high of 41 degrees and a 5-10 mph breeze out of the northwest. We'll see mostly rain on Christmas Day. The storms should clear out by Thursday.