I-80 open after heavy snowfall in the Sierra

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The Latest – Monday, Oct. 25

4:15 p.m.

Interstate 80 has reopened over Donner Summit and chain controls in the area have been lifted.

2:05 p.m.

Interstate 80 remains closed in both directions over Donner Summit.

Chain controls are in effect in both directions along I-80 between Donner Lake Road to Rainbow, as well as on Highway 89 from Picketts Junction to Highway 50 and from Bliss State Park to Sugar Pine Point State Park.

Original story below:

PLACER COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — The Sacramento basin has seen record rainfall, and the mountain communities are getting their fair share of snow. 

The snow was coming down hard along Interstate 80 Monday morning, causing icy conditions and closures. 

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 11 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service reported

Westbound I-80 is closed at the Nevada State Line and eastbound I-80 is closed at Nyack Road.

Drivers taking any mountain roads between Nyack and Kingvale need to have chains unless the vehicle is 4-wheel-drive and equipped with snow tires.  

For Jeremy Hedrick and dozens of other commuters, the snow brought about frustrations. With I-80 closed, Hedrick had to wait out the storm at a gas station for several hours. 

“I’m past frustrated. At this point, I’m just tired. I slept in the truck for about an hour … now I’m getting phone calls from work asking where I’m at, what’s going on,” driver Jeremy Hedrick told FOX40. 

Once daylight, Caltrans allowed Hedrick and all of the other stuck drivers to get back on the highway. 

The agency reopened I-80 for all-wheel drive vehicles and cars with chains, but not for big rigs, leading to annoyance among some truck drivers who blamed the delays on other drivers who did not come prepared. 

“I’m frustrated. I’m very frustrated because I do my job but other people are not doing theirs,” said truck driver Cory Grace. 

Driver Chris Lauren told FOX40 he simply underestimated the storm. 

“We’re not used to the snow. We just got stuck here,” Lauren said. “Finally got some chains on. We’ll be more prepared next time.” 

“The fires over the last 12-15 years have been just astronomical and it’s heartbreaking, so the wet weather is really good, I’m really happy about it. I’m just glad it’s here,” Hedrick said 

All eastbound trucks must be screened at Applegate.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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