UPDATE: I-80 HARD CLOSURE due to whiteout conditions on the Summit. Traffic is being turned: EB at Colfax, WB at Nevada state line, SR 20 EB at Nevada City. pic.twitter.com/J57BKtjsFC— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) February 15, 2019
Caltrans reported the closures of westbound and eastbound I-80 around 7:20 p.m. Thursday. Traffic heading east was stopped at Colfax while those traveling west were turned around at the Nevada state line.
Interstate 80 is likely to remain closed overnight for safety concerns. Another strong weather pattern is arriving soon, bringing heavy snow and high winds to the Summit. Visibility will be greatly reduced. Keep checking https://t.co/2BbQLztxN4 for updates. pic.twitter.com/G5B1unuVTt— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) February 15, 2019
Travelers heading toward Reno were stopping at chain checkpoints along the way Thursday. Sierra Crow was traveling to Lake Tahoe for Valentine’s Day. “We have friends that rented a cabin and they invited us up and then they gave us little warning,” she told FOX40. Snow and slushy conditions were forcing drivers to slow down as plows continue to clear the roadways. “I’m a little apprehensive about this,” said traveler Julie Andolsen. “I was extra cautious because it seems smart.” While most drivers were just trying to make it through, John Mitchell and his family stopped to enjoy the fresh coating of snow. “It’s going to get worse I think by tomorrow,” Mitchell said. Drivers had a warning for people braving the winter weather in the Sierra. “Just be smart. Make sure you have your chains and listen to the instructions for sure,” Andelson said.
#NEW: Caltrans crews here at this Cisco Grove gas station warning drivers that parts of I-80 will be closed until winds die down. They say several trucks spun out of control. Wind is pushing around snow in this area causing low visibility at times. @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/PAgLdPaWtO— Charmaine Nero (@CNeroTV) February 15, 2019