- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) - A spring storm dropped rain in parts of Northern California on Saturday afternoon, but it was less severe than the one a day earlier that dumped up to 13 inches of snow on a Sierra Nevada highway and hit the Sacramento area lightning, winds gusting to 40 mph and dime-sized hail.

Some arriving flights at San Francisco International Airport were delayed for up to 90 minutes on Friday.

Meanwhile, traffic was snarled on Interstate 80 in the northern Sierra Nevada for hours as crews plowed as much as a foot of snow and dealt with dozens of spinouts and minor crashes.

The forecast called for more rain and mountain snow on Sunday and Monday due to unstable air as rising, sun-warmed currents hit a trough of cooler air.

The Sierra Nevada near I-80 could see several more inches of snow from small storms “popping up here and there,” said Brooke Bingaman, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

“Even if they’re kind of quick-moving, sometimes they can really dump all of a sudden,” Bingaman said.

For drivers in mountain passes, Bingaman had a word of warning.

“Some people (Friday) were traveling over the passes just wearing shorts,” she said. “We’re trying to get the word out that even in springtime, there’s a possibility of snow, so make sure you’re prepared.”


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