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CHP says dozens of crashes, cars stuck near Sonora

SONORA, Calif. (AP) -- California Highway Patrol officials say dozens of cars were either stuck in the snow or involved in accidents near the Northern California community of Sonora as a snowstorm moved through the area Tuesday.

CHP Lt. Scott Clamp says somewhere between 50 to 75 vehicles either became stranded or were in collisions on Highway 49 and other nearby roadways when it started snowing heavily around 2:30 p.m.

Clamp says there were a handful of minor injuries, but no major injuries involved. A school bus full of students was one of the vehicles stranded, but Clamp says the students were able to make it home by evening.

The National Weather Service has a winter advisory for the area, with forecasters warning drivers they should expect snow showers across the area into the night.

Sonora is in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 60 miles east of Stockton.

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