Jun 24 2017

Snow quickly covering highways into the Sierra Nevada: Here s an update #snow #college #online

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    Snow quickly covering highways into the Sierra Nevada: Here’s an update

    Amy Graff. SFGATE Feb 16, 2017

    Photo: National Weather Service

    6:20 a.m. Thursday: I-80 over Donner Summit quickly becoming snow covered.

    Story update: Caltrans Public Information Officer Steve Nelson issued the following statement at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, “We had chain controls up this morning on U.S. Highway 50 and Interstate 80 but they’ve since been lifted. However, with more snow forecast throughout the weekend, additional chain requirements over both Echo and Donner summits are likely. Motorists should carry chains, have a full tank of gas, a fully charged cell phone, food, water and blankets before traveling to the Sierra. If there are chain requirements, they’ll need chains installed or four-wheel drive/all-wheel drive vehicles with tires rated for snow in order to travel through chain checkpoints.”

    With loads of fresh snow in the Sierra Nevada and a major storm expected over the holiday weekend, many are closely watching routes into the mountains.

    The National Weather Service sent out a tweet on U.S. Highway 80 at 6:20 a.m. Thursday, reporting that I-80 over Donner Summit is quickly becoming snow covered.

    The white stuff is falling at a rate of two inches per hour and predicted to continue throughout the morning. Chains were being required Thursday morning on 80 from Kingvale to Donner Lake, and Motorists should be prepared for chain-control conditions throughout the weekend. The same goes for U.S. Highway 50.

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    Northern California has been hit with back-to-back storms this winter and the roadways have been pounded. Caltrans says it expects road closures with the upcoming storm. For the latest road conditions, tune into Caltrans Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) at 530 AM, 1610 AM or 1670 AM or call the Caltrans Road Condition Hotline at (800) 427-7623. Real-time conditions are also available online and for mobile phones at Caltrans QuickMap .

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