Update: Heavy snow, strong winds lead to closure of Interstate 80 | SierraSun.com

Update: Heavy snow, strong winds lead to closure of Interstate 80

Roads in and out of the Basin were closed during the storm.

Update 5:45 p.m.: California State Route 267 is closed from Truckee to Tahoe Vista.

Traffic is also being held on U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe for avalanche control on Echo Summit.

Update 4:25 p.m.: Officials have updated traffic controls on Interstate 80.

Eastbound traffic is being turned around in Colfax. Westbound travelers are being turned back at the California-Nevada border and California State Route 20 is closed at Nevada Street in Nevada City.


TRUCKEE, Calif. — Heavy snow is in the process of blanketing the Sierra and has led to a closure of a highway with no estimated time it will reopen and chain restrictions at Lake Tahoe.

The combination of strong winds and heavy snow have made travel impossible on Interstate 80. Powerful winds have been gustin well above triple digits on Sierra ridges.

A wind gust at Palisades Tahoe hit 154 mph at about 11 a.m. according to summit observations data and averaged between 70-90 all morning.

The snow started falling heavier Saturday afternoon and Caltrans said just after 3:45 p.m. it closed Interstate 80 between Kingvale and Truckee because of “blowing snow” and “near zero visibility.” 

Traffic is being turned around in Kingvale for eastbound travelers and at Truckee for those westbound, Caltrans said.

Chain controls are in effect over mountain passes leading to and from Tahoe and also on some basin highways.

The National Weather Service has a winter weather warning through 4 a.m. Monday and are calling for 4 feet above 7,000 feet and up to 2 feet is possible for lake communities. If traveling check road conditions at nvroads.com, quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call 511.

The Interest 5 closure.

Correction: This story was updated with the correct highway closure information.

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