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Keen snow sports fans in California and across the West Coast have been ordered to stay home this holiday weekend because ski resorts were taking in too much snow.
Winter weather enveloping California's mountains for a fourth straight day Friday kept skiers from hitting the slopes at the start of the Presidents' Day holiday weekend, with snow so deep that plows could not tackle it and cities scrambled to find places to pile it.
Mammoth - Mountain - Record - Snowfall - Skiers
Mammoth Mountain was about to break a more than 30-year record for monthly snowfall and skiers and snowboarders should be able to reach the slopes as long as they have chains or snow tires, resort spokesman Justin Romano said.
But non-locals were advised not to tackle the conditions after the resort had already gotten 163 inches (414 centimeters) of snow this month, just 5 inches shy of its snowfall record for February, set in 1986.
Oakland - Couple - Icy - Road - Weekend
An Oakland couple had a near-accident on an icy road last weekend that made them reconsider heading into snow this holiday.
When a main highway through the Lake Tahoe area was crushed with traffic, Aura Campa and her partner drove her SUV on a side road. Her vehicle didn't have chains, and when it was going uphill, the vehicle went into reverse.
Hill - Amount - Ice - Snowstorm - Campa
'That was really scary for us. It was on a tiny hill with a small amount of ice but that was enough for us to think twice about traveling through a snowstorm again,' Campa said.
Several routes to the ski mecca of Lake Tahoe shut down, including about 70 miles (110 kilometers) of Interstate 80 from Colfax, California, to the Nevada state line.
I-80 - Vehicles - Friday - Evening
I-80 was reopened to passenger vehicles Friday evening.
The storm was expected to dump between 3 and 6 feet (1 to 2 meters) of fresh snow in a region where some ski...
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