Chain controls in effect on I-80 |

Chain controls in effect on I-80

The Associated Press

Chain controls are in effect this morning on mountain pass highways leading east out of Nevada County toward the Tahoe-Truckee area and Reno.

The California road condition hotline reported Highway 20 has snow chain controls from Washington Road to Interstate 80. Anyone with four-wheel drive and snow tires on each wheel will also be allowed through.

I-80 has chain controls from just east of Dutch Flat and over Donner Pass to a point seven miles east of Truckee, with the four-wheeler provision in effect on that stretch as well.

Chain controls are also in effect for Highway 49 in Sierra County from Bassets above Downieville to the Sierra-Plumas County line in the Sierra Valley near Loyalton.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento is predicting several feet of snow and strong winds throughout the day and into Wednesday above 5,000 feet, making travel in the Sierra difficult.

Mountain drivers are urged to take tire chains, extra water, food, warm clothing and a flashlight.

In the foothills, the storm is predicted to bring strong rains into Wednesday night with wind gusts up to 26 mph.

There is also a chance of strong thunderstorms this afternoon bringing hail to the foothills, and “A brief tornado or two cannot be ruled out,” the National Weather Service said.