Winter storms are like heat waves; the longer they last the worse they get. Day III of the big storm was a battle for people playing and driving in the Sierra. And for added intrigue the U-S Forrest Service issued an avalanche warning.

Howling winds and heavy snows tore through the sierra for much of the day. At Sierra at Tahoe, the resort shut down well before noon after a tree limb fell onto a cable and bounced five people off a chairlift. Some fell as far as 20 feet says General Manager John Rice "The people were not seriously injured. Out of the five people that were injured, we had one fractured wrist. So, we're very lucky, very thankful that it wasn't a more serious incident."

High wind gusts may have played a role in an accident that shutdown Highway 50 near Twin Bridges. A 5 year old child was taken to the hospital after a heavy truck slammed into the small compact car he was in.

"I came up on him, he had his flashers going. Went to go around him and a gust of wind came up. Next thing you know he moved to the right, I tapped the brake pad, and HELLO!" says Charles Gilles, the man behind the wheel of the truck.

This was a fussy storm; if it wasn't snow, it was rain or hail. But some really paid the price, 16 year old Amanda Stewart had to turn around and buy snow chains. "Trucks and everything were tipped over, it was crazy. But it was hailing and it was kind of nasty."

The blustery conditions forced at least two other resorts to close early; among them Boreal Mountain along I-80 near Reno. Back at Sierra at Tahoe, not far from the South Shore, as many as five tree limbs fell after that morning accident; no injuries or chairlifts involved. And it didn't seem to shake the fun out of playing in the snow for a Steve Morgan and his 6 year old son Connor. "There's no snow down where we live. It's been raining and he's been stuck inside. So we decided to come to the snow. Let's go play."

With that Avalanche danger still in play; expect ski patrols to hit the ridges early Monday morning knocking down loose snow along ridges and canyons. In fact, the people who run Sierra at Tahoe say it was the wet, heavy snow this storm delivered that caused those tree branches to snap and send those five people crashing to the ground.