© Kirkwood
The first significant storm of November arrived in the northern Sierra Wednesday and battered the region through Thursday morning, covering roadways and piling up fresh powder.

Ski resorts, which opened only a week ago, were blanketed in snow with Kirkwood reporting 11 inches, Squaw 9, Northstar 7 and Heavenly 5.

Chain control was in effect on Highways 80 and 50 and other main thoroughfares in the mountains in the early morning, but by 11 a.m. a break in the storm made travel easier.

Road conditions are expected to worsen later Thursday when a second even stronger storm slams the area. Motorists should be prepared with chains.

The heaviest snow is predicted to fall Friday. The forecast calls for clear skies on Saturday and Sunday, and these will be better days for travel.

© Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows