Snow causing travel trouble Tahoe area

TRUCKEE, Calif.

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A fast-moving cold front dumped more snow in the Sierra Nevada. It's the second major snow storm in less than a week. Authorities shut down Interstate 80 off and on during periods of poor visibility. When roads were open, they were not easy to drive through.

"We went to the snow and it was pretty deep and we started sliding. The tires started slipping, so we had to get out there. Push, jump on it, dig with the shovels in the back of my truck ... yeah," said Juan Garcia. "It's crazy. We got stuck like three times."

As the front pushed eastward, skies are expected to be clear for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The epic snowstorms mean sierra-bound visitors will have plenty of new, early snow to play in. Resorts like Mammoth Mountain are already open ... plenty more are expected to let skiers and snowboarders in over the next few days.

Even if the slopes aren't their thing, there's still lots of ways for visitors to have fun.

Jacqulyne Sylvia said, "We've never had a white Christmas or a white Thanksgiving. So we're pretty excited."

Orange County resident Fernando Vargas is seeing snow for the first time. "No, never been to snow. First time out here, and its super cold. It's the coldest I've ever been and it's really hard to walk through!"

Larry Hahn, who owns a snowmobile tour company called Coldstream Adventures, is clearing the walkway for his Thanksgiving business. With snow so early, he can already hear the cash register ring. "This is pennies from heaven right now. It's the first time we've been open for the Thanksgiving weekend in almost a decade!"

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