KCBS_740INCLINE VILLAGE (KCBS) — Heavy snow has been falling in the Sierra this weekend.

Chains are now required for Bay Area drivers heading to the Lake Tahoe area, on Highway 50 and Interstate 80.

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The heavy snow has also brought the official opening of the new ski season in the Sierra, and resorts are hoping for a good year despite several years of drought.

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“Mount Rose and Boreal on the north shore have both opened up and got underway; certainly limited by rain, but happy to have the doors open, and people up on the slopes,” Incline Village CEO Andrew Chapman said.

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The weekend storms could drop up to 16 inches of snow on the slopes.