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EMIGRANT GAP -- A long slow holiday commute over the Sierra for many travelers.

This weekend's storm shut down Interstate 80 over Donner Summit. When it reopened, chain requirements brought traffic to a crawl.

At first, traffic stopped near Crystal Springs. But soon, Caltrans cleared the road and allowed vehicles through with chains or four-wheel drive, at a crawl.

"Maybe took us like an hour to get to the exit," said Vicky Delacruz, whose family traveled less than 2 miles in that time. "Just decided to detour to have a little fun with the kids."

Farther up the grade, many drivers were forced to put on their chains near Nyack.

Crystal Lee was driving from Sacramento to Sparks, Nevada Saturday night, and is one of many who didn't realize chains were needed.

"I said, 'Maybe it's okay, we're okay,' and then I kind of did the little shift," Lee said. "And then I'm like, 'Oh no, let's go.'"

Lee said coming unprepared came at a cost: "I bought the chains, I had to pay $110, but you know you can't put a cost on your life."