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  • A snowboarder catches some air at one of six terrain parks at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows last winter. The Sierra resort is set to open on Friday as a first major storm of this season moves in. Photo: Matt Palmer, TNS

  • Ivory Williams of Sacramento removes chains from her friend's car during a snowstorm near Kingvale, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.  Photo: Juliet A. Williams, Associated Press

  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after snow on Nov. 4, 2017. Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after snow on Nov. 4, 2017. Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after a snow storm on Nov. 4, 2017. Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after a snow storm on Nov. 4, 2017. Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

  • High Camp at Squaw Valley on Nov. 4, 2017. Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

  • A graphic from the National Weather Service describes the science behind atmospheric rivers.  Photo: NOAA

  • Favorite food stops between the Bay Area and Tahoe Photo: Pickneys

  • Picknicky's, Vallejo. Sandwiches for the road? This is your spot. The Sausalito with turkey, bacon and pepper jack is served with chipotle and ranch sauce on sourdough. The Cowboy with pulled pork and provolone is piled with a jalapeno cilantro colesaw on a roll. And the Mr. Lucky is a delicious combination of corned beef and Swiss on sliced rye. 3833 Sonoma Blvd., (707) 552-7000 Photo: Courtesy Picknickys

  • Bud's Burgers, Vallejo. Clbadic, greasy hamburger-stand burgers and excellent fresh fries. If you don’t want burgers, Pho #1 shares a parking lot and the Dos Hermanos taco truck is across the street. 3849 Sonoma Blvd., (707) 642-3252 Photo: Chris Preovolos

  • Fenton's Creamery and Restaurant, Vacaville. Are the kids screaming for ice cream? Pull off the highway at the Nut Tree for clbadic soda fountain fare and ice cream made by hand in small batches. You'll also find diner food such as the signature crab sandwich, a tuna melt, Cobb salad topped with a warm chicken bad and an old-fashioned burger served with curlicue fries. 1669 E. Monte Vista Ave., (707) 469-7200 Photo: Eurydice Galka

  • Pho Lee Hoa Phat, Vacaville. Warm up with a steaming bowl of tasty pho at this family-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. 88 Peabody Rd., (707) 452-8829 Photo: Guiseppe Barranco/The Enterprise

  • Pedrick Produce, Dixon. Pick up healthy car snacks such as dried fruits, cheese, nuts and dry salami. Also, a selection of fresh produce. Right off Highway 80. 6850 Sievers Rd., (707) 678-1814 Photo: Courtesy Pedrick Produce

  • Redrum Burger, Davis. Redrum Burger, formerly known as Murder Burger, is a local Davis favorite. The 1950s-style diner features more than 80 food items including burgers, fries, sandwiches and fresh fruit shakes. 978 Olive Dr. (530) 756-2142 Photo: Courtesy Redrum Burger

  • Sophia's Thai Kitchen, Davis. Warm, comforting curries and a bar that blends up some really fun fruity drinks (for the pbadengers in the car). Enjoy the nice outdoor space on sunny days. 129 E St., (530) 758-4333 Photo: Courtesy Sophias Thai Kitchen

  • One Speed Pizza, Sacramento. A modern, hip spot in east Sacramento serving up thin-crust pizzas with local ingredients. Try the Garden Pie with butternut squash and shitake mushrooms. 4818 Folsom Blvd., (916) 706-1748 / ©2008 Marc Thomas Kallweit

  • Oz Korean BBQ, Sacramento. Cook fresh, spiced meats at a tabletop barbecue and enjoy an array of authentic sides such as kimchi and japchae. 3343 Bradshaw Rd., (916) 362-9292 Photo: Courtesy Google Maps

  • Quan Nem Ninh Hoa, Sacramento. In a nondescript strip mall 10 minutes off Highway 50, you'll find this piece of Vietnamese heaven. Order the make-your-own spring rolls. The waitstaff will bring you plates of vermicelli noodles; skewers of charbroiled pork; a pile of fresh lettuce, cilantro, basil, and mint; pickled carrots and daikon; bowls full of sweet peanut sauce; fried egg rolls; and then rice paper that you soak in water before stuffing with your choice of ingredients. 6835 Stockton Blvd., (916) 427-4682 Photo: Amy Graff

  • Back Forty BBQ, Roseville. Slow-cooked and smokey barbecue that you'd expect to find in Austin, Texas. Try the ribs and fresh fruit cobbler served with ice cream. 1201 Orlando Avenue, (916) 726-4040 Photo: Courtesy Google Maps

  • Taylor's, Loomis. This burger shack offers 300 different types of milkshakes, from Fruity Pebbles to loganberry. 3636 Taylor Rd., (916) 652-8255 Photo: Courtesy Taylors

  • Newcastle Produce, Newcastle. Right off the freeway, this local grocer and produce stand is a great stop for a quick, healthy bite. You'll find sandwiches, salads, soups, quiche, cbaderoles, baked goods and espresso drinks at the deli. 9230 Cypress St., (916) 663-2016 Photo: Janice Thompson

  • Ikeda's, Auburn. This produce, stand, bakery and market is best known for its homemade apple pies. 13500 Lincoln Way, (530) 885-4243 Photo: Katy Raddatz

  • Maria's Mexican Taco's, Auburn. Sit down at a picnic table and enjoy one of the favorites—chile verde, chile colorado and carnitas. 13483 Bowman Rd., (530) 823-8540 Photo: Courtesy Marias Mexican Tacos

  • Old Town Pizza, Auburn. The Mother Lode pie loaded with pepperoni, sausage, salami and veggies is a favorite. 150 Sacramento St., (530) 888-7600 Photo: Courtesy Google Maps

  • Auburn Alehouse, Auburn. Find comforting pub food (house-made meatloaf, Mexican street tacos, fish and chips) along with over a dozen beers in a cozy environment. 289 Washington St., (530) 885-2537 Photo: Pete Kiehart / The Chronicle / ONLINE_YES

  • Baked and Brewed, Auburn. Need a pick-me-up to keep you going on the road? This coffee shop offers a full espresso bar, pour-over coffees from Santa Cruz Coffee Roasters, baked goods and sandwiches and salads using fresh, daily delivered products and produce. Several gluten-free options. 958 Lincoln Way, (530) 889-1373 Photo: Jacki Zuvella

  • Il Pizzaiolo, Colfax. In this small town in the Sierra foothills find thin-crust, blistery pizzas that you'd expect to be served in Naples. 230 S. Auburn St., (530) 388-8412

  • Monte Vista Inn, Dutch Flat. Right on I-80, this is an old-school place with mountain cabin charm and a comfort-food menu. Try the New York steak with blue cheese, crab cakes, ribs, seafood pasta. It's a sit-down place, so best if you're not in a hurry. And ask for the table with the ocean view--there isn't an ocean obviously, but the waitstaff will make you feel as if there is one. 32106 Ridge Rd., (530) 389-2333 Photo: Www.montevistainn.com

  • Highway 50 sign suspended over road running through center of country.  (Photo by Diana Walker//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images) Photo: Diana Walker, SFGate / Diana Walker

  • Sierra Smokehouse BBQ, Cameron Park. "Runs circles around every other BBQ joint in Northern Cal for my nickel," says an SFGate reader. 2533 Merrychase Dr., (530) 672-7477 Photo: Edward Anhorn

  • Sweetie Pies, Placerville. Housed in an 1865 Victorian thought to be one of the first homes in Placerville, this spot serves a full breakfast and lunch but is best known for its killer cinnamon rolls. 577 Main St. (530) 642-0128   
 Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The Chronicle

  • Z-Pie, Placerville. Cornish-style pot pies, from steak and cabernet to chicken and mushroom. 3182 Center St., (530) 621-2626 Photo: Courtesy Google Maps

  • Placerville Brewing Company, Placerville. Stop in for some fried chicken and a glbad of the Strong Blonde. 155 Placerville Dr., (530) 295-9166

  • Heyday Cafe, Placerville. A proper sit-down restaurant with elegant food: baked brie with apricot marmalade and pecans, chicken marsala, Caesar salad, seared salmon served with Jasmine rice. 325 Main St., (530) 626-9700 Photo: Courtesy Google Maps

  • Boa Vista Orchard and Bakery, Placerville: In the heart of Apple Hill, this farm stand and bakery locally sources snacks and produce and offers up apple everything—from pies and fritters to hot cider and cold-pressed juice. Plus, great tri-tip sandwiches when the bbq is open. 2952 Carson Rd., (530) 622-5522 Photo: Courtest Boa Vista

  • Burger Barn, Pollock Pines. Burgers are made with thick Angus beef patties and fries are curly and crunchy. Dizzying array of shake flavors, from German chocolate cake to toasted marshmallow. Everything is made-to-order so expect to wait 15 to 20 minutes for your food. 6404 Pony Express Trail, (530) 344-7167 Photo: Laurie Tackett

  • Here are some suggestions for your next Rte. 88 trip. Photo: SFGate

  • Lockeford Meat & Sausages, Lockeford. Freshly made the European way for 45 years. The Dakota Smoked Bratwurst and the Hawaiian Luau Sausage are favorites. Pick these up on your way to the mountains to cook up for a dinner after a day on the slopes. 19775 N. Cotton St., (209) 727-5584. Photo: Courtesy Lockeford Meat & Sausages

  • Mel & Faye's Diner, Jackson. This old-school, family-owned diner has been serving its Moo Burger (two quarter-pound patties topped with cheese and sauce) since 1956. Also, don't miss the peanut butter milkshake made with the real stuff (pictured). 31 Highway 49/88, (209) 223-0853 Photo: Courtesy Mel And Fayes

  • Munnerlyn's Ice Creamery, Pine Grove. Hand-made ice cream in creative flavors that change regularly. Rocky Road and Kit Carson Krunk are favorites. 20145 CA-88, (209) 296-4400 

  • Volcano Union Pub and Inn, Volcano. Originally built in 1880 to house miners, this venerable spot serves seasonal dishes and regular menu items like fried chicken and mac and cheese. 21375 Consolation St., (209) 296-7711

  • Cook's Station, Pioneer. Right on Highway 88, this family-owned diner dishes up hearty breakfast and lunch fare. 31950 CA-88, (209) 295-2244 Photo: Courtesy Cooks Station

  • Snow blankets Sierra mountains at the Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows resort on the Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Photo: Provided By Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows

  • Snow blankets Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows resort in the Sierra on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Photo: Provided By Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows

A snowboarder catches some air at one of six terrain parks at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows last winter. The Sierra resort is set to open on Friday as a first major storm of this season moves in.

A snowboarder catches some air at one of six terrain parks at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows last winter. The Sierra resort is set to open on Friday as a first major storm of this season moves in.


Ivory Williams of Sacramento removes chains from her friend’s car during a snowstorm near Kingvale, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. 

Ivory Williams of Sacramento removes chains from her friend’s car during a snowstorm near Kingvale, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. 


Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after snow on Nov. 4, 2017.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after snow on Nov. 4, 2017.


Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after snow on Nov. 4, 2017.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after snow on Nov. 4, 2017.


Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after a snow storm on Nov. 4, 2017.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after a snow storm on Nov. 4, 2017.


Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after a snow storm on Nov. 4, 2017.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows after a snow storm on Nov. 4, 2017.


High Camp at Squaw Valley on Nov. 4, 2017.

High Camp at Squaw Valley on Nov. 4, 2017.


A graphic from the National Weather Service describes the science behind atmospheric rivers. 

A graphic from the National Weather Service describes the science behind atmospheric rivers. 


Favorite food stops between the Bay Area and Tahoe

Favorite food stops between the Bay Area and Tahoe


Picknicky’s, Vallejo. Sandwiches for the road? This is your spot. The Sausalito with turkey, bacon and pepper jack is served with chipotle and ranch sauce on sourdough. The Cowboy with pulled pork and provolone is piled with a jalapeno cilantro colesaw on a roll. And the Mr. Lucky is a delicious combination of corned beef and Swiss on sliced rye. 3833 Sonoma Blvd., (707) 552-7000

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Picknicky’s, Vallejo. Sandwiches for the road? This is your spot. The Sausalito with turkey, bacon and pepper jack is served with chipotle and ranch sauce on sourdough. The Cowboy with pulled pork and provolone

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Bud’s Burgers, Vallejo. Clbadic, greasy hamburger-stand burgers and excellent fresh fries. If you don’t want burgers, Pho #1 shares a parking lot and the Dos Hermanos taco truck is across the street. 3849 Sonoma Blvd., (707) 642-3252

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Bud’s Burgers, Vallejo. Clbadic, greasy hamburger-stand burgers and excellent fresh fries. If you don’t want burgers, Pho #1 shares a parking lot and the Dos Hermanos taco truck is across the street. 3849

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Fenton’s Creamery and Restaurant, Vacaville. Are the kids screaming for ice cream? Pull off the highway at the Nut Tree for clbadic soda fountain fare and ice cream made by hand in small batches. You’ll also find diner food such as the signature crab sandwich, a tuna melt, Cobb salad topped with a warm chicken bad and an old-fashioned burger served with curlicue fries. 1669 E. Monte Vista Ave., (707) 469-7200

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Fenton’s Creamery and Restaurant, Vacaville. Are the kids screaming for ice cream? Pull off the highway at the Nut Tree for clbadic soda fountain fare and ice cream made by hand in small batches. You’ll also

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Pho Lee Hoa Phat, Vacaville. Warm up with a steaming bowl of tasty pho at this family-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. 88 Peabody Rd., (707) 452-8829
Pho Lee Hoa Phat, Vacaville. Warm up with a steaming bowl of tasty pho at this family-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. 88 Peabody Rd., (707) 452-8829


Pedrick Produce, Dixon. Pick up healthy car snacks such as dried fruits, cheese, nuts and dry salami. Also, a selection of fresh produce. Right off Highway 80. 6850 Sievers Rd., (707) 678-1814
Pedrick Produce, Dixon. Pick up healthy car snacks such as dried fruits, cheese, nuts and dry salami. Also, a selection of fresh produce. Right off Highway 80. 6850 Sievers Rd., (707) 678-1814


Redrum Burger, Davis. Redrum Burger, formerly known as Murder Burger, is a local Davis favorite. The 1950s-style diner features more than 80 food items including burgers, fries, sandwiches and fresh fruit shakes. 978 Olive Dr. (530) 756-2142

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Redrum Burger, Davis. Redrum Burger, formerly known as Murder Burger, is a local Davis favorite. The 1950s-style diner features more than 80 food items including burgers, fries, sandwiches and fresh fruit

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Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, Davis. Warm, comforting curries and a bar that blends up some really fun fruity drinks (for the pbadengers in the car). Enjoy the nice outdoor space on sunny days. 129 E St., (530) 758-4333 less
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, Davis. Warm, comforting curries and a bar that blends up some really fun fruity drinks (for the pbadengers in the car). Enjoy the nice outdoor space on sunny days. 129 E St., (530) … more


One Speed Pizza, Sacramento. A modern, hip spot in east Sacramento serving up thin-crust pizzas with local ingredients. Try the Garden Pie with butternut squash and shitake mushrooms. 4818 Folsom Blvd., (916) 706-1748 less
One Speed Pizza, Sacramento. A modern, hip spot in east Sacramento serving up thin-crust pizzas with local ingredients. Try the Garden Pie with butternut squash and shitake mushrooms. 4818 Folsom Blvd., (916) … more


Oz Korean BBQ, Sacramento. Cook fresh, spiced meats at a tabletop barbecue and enjoy an array of authentic sides such as kimchi and japchae. 3343 Bradshaw Rd., (916) 362-9292
Oz Korean BBQ, Sacramento. Cook fresh, spiced meats at a tabletop barbecue and enjoy an array of authentic sides such as kimchi and japchae. 3343 Bradshaw Rd., (916) 362-9292


Quan Nem Ninh Hoa, Sacramento. In a nondescript strip mall 10 minutes off Highway 50, you’ll find this piece of Vietnamese heaven. Order the make-your-own spring rolls. The waitstaff will bring you plates of vermicelli noodles; skewers of charbroiled pork; a pile of fresh lettuce, cilantro, basil, and mint; pickled carrots and daikon; bowls full of sweet peanut sauce; fried egg rolls; and then rice paper that you soak in water before stuffing with your choice of ingredients. 6835 Stockton Blvd., (916) 427-4682 less
Quan Nem Ninh Hoa, Sacramento. In a nondescript strip mall 10 minutes off Highway 50, you’ll find this piece of Vietnamese heaven. Order the make-your-own spring rolls. The waitstaff will bring you plates of … more


Back Forty BBQ, Roseville. Slow-cooked and smokey barbecue that you’d expect to find in Austin, Texas. Try the ribs and fresh fruit cobbler served with ice cream. 1201 Orlando Avenue, (916) 726-4040
Back Forty BBQ, Roseville. Slow-cooked and smokey barbecue that you’d expect to find in Austin, Texas. Try the ribs and fresh fruit cobbler served with ice cream. 1201 Orlando Avenue, (916) 726-4040


Taylor’s, Loomis. This burger shack offers 300 different types of milkshakes, from Fruity Pebbles to loganberry. 3636 Taylor Rd., (916) 652-8255

Taylor’s, Loomis. This burger shack offers 300 different types of milkshakes, from Fruity Pebbles to loganberry. 3636 Taylor Rd., (916) 652-8255


Newcastle Produce, Newcastle. Right off the freeway, this local grocer and produce stand is a great stop for a quick, healthy bite. You’ll find sandwiches, salads, soups, quiche, cbaderoles, baked goods and espresso drinks at the deli. 9230 Cypress St., (916) 663-2016

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Newcastle Produce, Newcastle. Right off the freeway, this local grocer and produce stand is a great stop for a quick, healthy bite. You’ll find sandwiches, salads, soups, quiche, cbaderoles, baked goods and

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Ikeda’s, Auburn. This produce, stand, bakery and market is best known for its homemade apple pies. 13500 Lincoln Way, (530) 885-4243
Ikeda’s, Auburn. This produce, stand, bakery and market is best known for its homemade apple pies. 13500 Lincoln Way, (530) 885-4243


Maria’s Mexican Taco’s, Auburn. Sit down at a picnic table and enjoy one of the favorites—chile verde, chile colorado and carnitas. 13483 Bowman Rd., (530) 823-8540
Maria’s Mexican Taco’s, Auburn. Sit down at a picnic table and enjoy one of the favorites—chile verde, chile colorado and carnitas. 13483 Bowman Rd., (530) 823-8540


Old Town Pizza, Auburn. The Mother Lode pie loaded with pepperoni, sausage, salami and veggies is a favorite. 150 Sacramento St., (530) 888-7600
Old Town Pizza, Auburn. The Mother Lode pie loaded with pepperoni, sausage, salami and veggies is a favorite. 150 Sacramento St., (530) 888-7600


Auburn Alehouse, Auburn. Find comforting pub food (house-made meatloaf, Mexican street tacos, fish and chips) along with over a dozen beers in a cozy environment. 289 Washington St., (530) 885-2537
Auburn Alehouse, Auburn. Find comforting pub food (house-made meatloaf, Mexican street tacos, fish and chips) along with over a dozen beers in a cozy environment. 289 Washington St., (530) 885-2537


Baked and Brewed, Auburn. Need a pick-me-up to keep you going on the road? This coffee shop offers a full espresso bar, pour-over coffees from Santa Cruz Coffee Roasters, baked goods and sandwiches and salads using fresh, daily delivered products and produce. Several gluten-free options. 958 Lincoln Way, (530) 889-1373

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Baked and Brewed, Auburn. Need a pick-me-up to keep you going on the road? This coffee shop offers a full espresso bar, pour-over coffees from Santa Cruz Coffee Roasters, baked goods and sandwiches and salads

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Il Pizzaiolo, Colfax. In this small town in the Sierra foothills find thin-crust, blistery pizzas that you’d expect to be served in Naples. 230 S. Auburn St., (530) 388-8412

Il Pizzaiolo, Colfax. In this small town in the Sierra foothills find thin-crust, blistery pizzas that you’d expect to be served in Naples. 230 S. Auburn St., (530) 388-8412


Monte Vista Inn, Dutch Flat. Right on I-80, this is an old-school place with mountain cabin charm and a comfort-food menu. Try the New York steak with blue cheese, crab cakes, ribs, seafood pasta. It’s a sit-down place, so best if you’re not in a hurry. And ask for the table with the ocean view–there isn’t an ocean obviously, but the waitstaff will make you feel as if there is one. 32106 Ridge Rd., (530) 389-2333 less
Monte Vista Inn, Dutch Flat. Right on I-80, this is an old-school place with mountain cabin charm and a comfort-food menu. Try the New York steak with blue cheese, crab cakes, ribs, seafood pasta. It’s a … more


Highway 50 sign suspended over road running through center of country. (Photo by Diana Walker//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Highway 50 sign suspended over road running through center of country. (Photo by Diana Walker//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)


Sierra Smokehouse BBQ, Cameron Park. “Runs circles around every other BBQ joint in Northern Cal for my nickel,” says an SFGate reader. 2533 Merrychase Dr., (530) 672-7477

Sierra Smokehouse BBQ, Cameron Park. “Runs circles around every other BBQ joint in Northern Cal for my nickel,” says an SFGate reader. 2533 Merrychase Dr., (530) 672-7477


Sweetie Pies, Placerville. Housed in an 1865 Victorian thought to be one of the first homes in Placerville, this spot serves a full breakfast and lunch but is best known for its killer cinnamon rolls. 577 Main St. (530) 642-0128
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Sweetie Pies, Placerville. Housed in an 1865 Victorian thought to be one of the first homes in Placerville, this spot serves a full breakfast and lunch but is best known for its killer cinnamon rolls. 577 … more


Z-Pie, Placerville. Cornish-style pot pies, from steak and cabernet to chicken and mushroom. 3182 Center St., (530) 621-2626
Z-Pie, Placerville. Cornish-style pot pies, from steak and cabernet to chicken and mushroom. 3182 Center St., (530) 621-2626


Placerville Brewing Company, Placerville. Stop in for some fried chicken and a glbad of the Strong Blonde. 155 Placerville Dr., (530) 295-9166
Placerville Brewing Company, Placerville. Stop in for some fried chicken and a glbad of the Strong Blonde. 155 Placerville Dr., (530) 295-9166


Heyday Cafe, Placerville. A proper sit-down restaurant with elegant food: baked brie with apricot marmalade and pecans, chicken marsala, Caesar salad, seared salmon served with Jasmine rice. 325 Main St., (530) 626-9700 less
Heyday Cafe, Placerville. A proper sit-down restaurant with elegant food: baked brie with apricot marmalade and pecans, chicken marsala, Caesar salad, seared salmon served with Jasmine rice. 325 Main St., (530) … more


Boa Vista Orchard and Bakery, Placerville: In the heart of Apple Hill, this farm stand and bakery locally sources snacks and produce and offers up apple everything—from pies and fritters to hot cider and cold-pressed juice. Plus, great tri-tip sandwiches when the bbq is open. 2952 Carson Rd., (530) 622-5522 less
Boa Vista Orchard and Bakery, Placerville: In the heart of Apple Hill, this farm stand and bakery locally sources snacks and produce and offers up apple everything—from pies and fritters to hot cider and … more


Burger Barn, Pollock Pines. Burgers are made with thick Angus beef patties and fries are curly and crunchy. Dizzying array of shake flavors, from German chocolate cake to toasted marshmallow. Everything is made-to-order so expect to wait 15 to 20 minutes for your food. 6404 Pony Express Trail, (530) 344-7167

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Burger Barn, Pollock Pines. Burgers are made with thick Angus beef patties and fries are curly and crunchy. Dizzying array of shake flavors, from German chocolate cake to toasted marshmallow. Everything is

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Here are some suggestions for your next Rte. 88 trip.

Here are some suggestions for your next Rte. 88 trip.


Lockeford Meat & Sausages, Lockeford. Freshly made the European way for 45 years. The Dakota Smoked Bratwurst and the Hawaiian Luau Sausage are favorites. Pick these up on your way to the mountains to cook up for a dinner after a day on the slopes. 19775 N. Cotton St., (209) 727-5584.

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Lockeford Meat & Sausages, Lockeford. Freshly made the European way for 45 years. The Dakota Smoked Bratwurst and the Hawaiian Luau Sausage are favorites. Pick these up on your way to the mountains to cook up

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Mel & Faye’s Diner, Jackson. This old-school, family-owned diner has been serving its Moo Burger (two quarter-pound patties topped with cheese and sauce) since 1956. Also, don’t miss the peanut butter milkshake made with the real stuff (pictured). 31 Highway 49/88, (209) 223-0853 less
Mel & Faye’s Diner, Jackson. This old-school, family-owned diner has been serving its Moo Burger (two quarter-pound patties topped with cheese and sauce) since 1956. Also, don’t miss the peanut butter milkshake … more


Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery, Pine Grove. Hand-made ice cream in creative flavors that change regularly. Rocky Road and Kit Carson Krunk are favorites. 20145 CA-88, (209) 296-4400 

Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery, Pine Grove. Hand-made ice cream in creative flavors that change regularly. Rocky Road and Kit Carson Krunk are favorites. 20145 CA-88, (209) 296-4400 


Volcano Union Pub and Inn, Volcano. Originally built in 1880 to house miners, this venerable spot serves seasonal dishes and regular menu items like fried chicken and mac and cheese. 21375 Consolation St., (209) 296-7711 less
Volcano Union Pub and Inn, Volcano. Originally built in 1880 to house miners, this venerable spot serves seasonal dishes and regular menu items like fried chicken and mac and cheese. 21375 Consolation St., … more


Cook’s Station, Pioneer. Right on Highway 88, this family-owned diner dishes up hearty breakfast and lunch fare. 31950 CA-88, (209) 295-2244

Cook’s Station, Pioneer. Right on Highway 88, this family-owned diner dishes up hearty breakfast and lunch fare. 31950 CA-88, (209) 295-2244


Snow blankets Sierra mountains at the Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows resort on the Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

Snow blankets Sierra mountains at the Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows resort on the Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.


Snow blankets Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows resort in the Sierra on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

Snow blankets Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows resort in the Sierra on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.


Up to 3 feet of snow to blanket Sierra as major ski resorts set to open


Good news for skiers planning to catch opening day on the slopes: a major storm is expected to dump two to three feet of snow on areas above 8,500 feet in the Sierra.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the greater Lake Tahoe area, beginning Wednesday and continuing into late Thursday night. The storm is expected to abate by Friday morning — possibly creating ideal conditions for skiers at some resorts that are planning to open on Friday.

Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows and Heavenly Mountain Resort are among those ski operations hoping for big opening weekend.

“This is a great opening day present for us,” said Sam Kieckhefer, a spokesman for Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows. He also noted that the resort got five inches of snow Monday night.

“It’s early season, but that combined with our snow-making technology, we’re expecting conditions to be really good,” he said. The resort has been able to open before Thanksgiving in eight of the last ten years.

Areas at lower elevation are not expected to get much snow, said Scott McGuire, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Reno.

“This storm is pretty warm,” McGuire said. “So areas at the level of Lake Tahoe itself won’t get much snow.”

He estimated that areas along the shore could expect between two and six inches.

The forecast remains troubling for parts of the Bay Area, particularly those affected by the October wildfires. The wettest storm of the season is expected to begin Wednesday afternoon, and three to five inches of rain are expected in some coastal areas.

“We have a cold front interacting with a weak atmospheric river,” said Anna Schneider, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Monterey.

The weather service also issued a wind advisory that includes several areas affected by the wildfires. The advisory, which will run from 1 p.m. on Wednesday to 3 a.m. on Thursday, will effect much of the North Bay, including Santa Rosa and Napa, and ranging all the way south to Santa Cruz.

“Those areas can expect winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour with gusts over 50 miles per hour,” Schneider said. The advisory warned of possible felled trees, downed power lines, and blowing debris.

South of Santa Cruz, the wind advisory will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Sophie Haigney is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] @SophieHaigney

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