Holiday traffic, snow snarl traffic Monday | SierraSun.com

Holiday traffic, snow snarl traffic Monday

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE and#8212; California Highway Patrol officers had their hands full in Monday’s storm, but said there were no major accidents.

Officer Steve Skeen of the Truckee CHP station said the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and heavy snow added up to lots of traffic in both directions over Interstate 80, keeping officers busy into the evening hours.

The good news, Skeen said, was no fatalities or major-injury accidents.

and#8220;There was nothing too major, just some property damage collisions and some spin outs,and#8221; Skeen said.

Highway patrol put out extra officers during the storm, and kept day-shift workers on a few extra hours as traffic thinned Monday evening, he said.

This year, highway patrollers are also helping out at all chain controls on the interstate.

and#8220;We are putting officers out at the chain screening check points to make sure that if people don’t have chains, they get off the freeway,and#8221; Skeen said.

Skeen said he’s expecting more of the same weather-wise this week, and so is Caltrans.

and#8220;Old man winter has arrived,and#8221; said Rochelle Jenkins, spokeswoman for Caltrans. and#8220;But we actually did fairly well and#8212; people minded their speed, which is a huge deal.and#8221;

She said Caltrans measured 26 inches of new snow Monday on Donner Summit.

Highway 89 at Emerald Bay remains closed today for avalanche danger, she said.

To get up-to-date chain control information, go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/departments/mtce/controlmp.htm