Caltrans: I-80 now open, chain controls still in effect

The Latest on the I-80 closures in the Sierra:

5:25 a.m.

Caltrans reports crews I-80 is open in both directions over Donner pass. Chain controls are still in effect between Drum and Truckee.

10:30 p.m.

Caltrans reports crews are working “as quickly and safely as they can” to clear a jack-knifed big rig on eastbound Interstate 80 near Cisco Road, along with multiple spin-outs along other portions of the roadway. Officials still do not know when I-80 will reopen.

Previous report:

(KTXL) — Lanes of Interstate 80 have been closed between Colfax and the Nevada state line, according to Caltrans.

Caltrans and California Highway Patrol officials say multiple jack-knifed big rigs and vehicle spin-outs brought traffic to a standstill in the Sierra.

Eastbound traffic has been stopped at Colfax while those traveling west from Nevada have been stopped at the state line.

Those heading east on Highway 20 have been stopped just past Nevada City. Drivers trying to get onto Highway 20 in the westbound lanes have also been stopped at Yuba Pass.

The CHP says drivers heading west were being turned around in the Truckee area.

Afternoon snowfall covered I-80, leading to hazardous driving conditions, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials have not been able to say when the roadways will be reopened.

Donner Summit rest areas have also been closed due to snow.

This story is still developing.

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