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Storm update: I-80 reopened to eastbound traffic

Update — 2:25 p.m.: I-80 reopens to eastbound traffic

After nearly 24 hours of being closed, Interstate 80 has reopened to eastbound traffic.

Vehicles are being escorted from Colfax to Kingvale and over the summit, according to the California Department of Transportation, which also said drivers should be aware of snow removal equipment still in the area. Big rigs heading eastbound are being held until vehicles are cleared.

Westbound traffic on Interstate 80 is scheduled to be released at 3 p.m.


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A winter storm has dropped several feet of snow at higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada, causing widespread road closures across the region.

For the second time in less than a week, Interstate 80 has been closed for an extended period of time as whiteout conditions, multiple spin-outs, and crashes brought traffic to a halt in the Sierra.

Interstate 80 was closed from Colfax to the Nevada state line yesterday afternoon, according to the California Department of Transportation, and has remained closed throughout Sunday morning, as crews work to remove a reported 60 inches of snow that has fallen in some areas within the past 24 hours.

Highway 267 is closed in both directions from Kings Beach to Northstar. Requirement 1 chain controls are in place going north from Truckee.

Requirement 2 chain controls are in effect on Highway 89 between Truckee and Tahoe City.

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Truckee and the greater Lake Tahoe area remain under a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service Office in Reno, until 10 p.m. tonight.

Snow totals

Last night's storm has also stalled operations at local ski resorts.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is closed today, according to the resort, due to high avalanche danger. This morning, the resort reported 46 inches of snow in the past 24 hours at Squaw's upper mountain, and 38 inches of fresh snow at Alpine's upper mountain.

Northstar California Resort picked up 37 inches of snow since yesterday. As of 8 a.m., the mountain reported it was working to get lifts spinning. Across the lake, Heavenly Mountain Resort said it gained 42 inches of snow since Saturday morning. Heavenly currently has lifts spinning.

Boreal Mountain California was hit with 36 inches of snow and is awaiting Interstate 80 to reopen. The resort reported a few lifts are ready to go with delays expected on all others. Nearby, Sugar Bowl Resort said it received 29 inches of snow in the past 24 hours for a seven-day total of 91 inches.

Tahoe Donner said it received up to 4 feet of snow in in some areas, and has both the cross-country center and downhill ski resort open.

In Incline Village, Diamond Peak Ski Resort said it gained 28 inches of fresh snow in the past 24 hours. In town, a trained spotter for the weather service reported that snow was falling at a rate of roughly an inch per hour yesterday.

Avalanche forecast

The Sierra Avalanche Center said considerable avalanche danger exists in the area today due to dangerous conditions at all elevations.

Natural and human-triggered avalanches were reported throughout the area yesterday, according to the center.

For the latest forecast, visit sierraavalanchecenter.org.

Forecast

The area is expected to dry out over the next couple of days, according to the weather service, but another storm is forecast to hit the region Tuesday afternoon.

Another set of storms could also impact the area toward the end of the week and into the weekend.

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