LATEST: Morning road conditions crossing the Sierra Nevada range

Traffic has been very slow and travel has been difficult over the Sierra Nevada range during this snowstorm. Here is the latest info on delays, road conditions and chain requirements.

Posted: Feb 16, 2019 1:13 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2019 11:24 AM

Update 9:33 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 -

Interstate 80 has a chain requirement for all vehicles (except 4-wheel drive with snow tires on all four wheels) from Applegate in   Placer County to the Nevada state line.

The Placer County Sheriff shared this picture of eastbound Interstate 80 just before Applegate. The Sheriff said the traffic was at a complete standstill and recommends people stay at home and avoid traveling over the Sierra Nevada range on 80.

(There is also a high wind advisory for I-80 at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Travel is not recommended for campers, trailers or permit loads.)

Highway 20 is also closed due to flooding from Husted Rd. in Williams to Will S. Green Rd. in Colusa. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.

Chains are required on all vehicles (except 4-wheel drive with snow tires (except 4-wheel drive with snow tires on all four wheels) from Bennet St. in Grass Valley to the junction of Interstate 80 in Nevada County.

Highway 50 - Chains are required on all vehicles (except 4-wheel drive with snow tires on all four wheels) from three miles east of Placerville to Meyers in El Dorado County.

Trucks are required to have maximum chains in their possession in order to proceed over the Sierra Nevada range. Eastbound trucks are being screened at Twin Bridges in El Dorado County. Westbound trucks are being screened ay Meyers in El Dorado County. Permit loads are prohibited.

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Update 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 - Highway 20 is still closed at Nevada Street in Nevada City due to spinouts occuring due to the snowy conditions. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.

Highway 20 is also closed due to flooding from Husted Rd. in Williams to Will S. Green Rd. in Colusa. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.

Highway 80 has a chain requirement for all vehicles (except 4-wheel drive with snow tires on all four wheels) from three miles east of Gold Run in Placer County to the Nevada state line.

Highway 80 is closed eastbound at Applegate in Placer County to all tractor-semitrailer combinations due to traction concerns. An alternate route is advised.

Highway 80 is closed westbound at the Nevada-California state line to all tractor-semitrailer combinations and should take alternate routes of travel.  

Highway 50 eastbound is held up at Twin Bridges in El Dorado County due to a disabled big rig.

Chains are required on all vehicles (except 4-wheel drive with snow tires on all four wheels) from four miles east of Placerville to Riverton in El Dorado County.  They are also required on all vehicles (except 4-wheel drive with snow tires on all four wheels) from 1.5 miles west of Kyburz to Meyers in El Dorado County.

Truck drivers need to have maximum chains in their possession in order to proceed across the pass. Eastbound trucks are being screened at Twin Bridge in El Dorado County and westbound trucks at Meyers in El Dorado County. Permit loads are prohibited.

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DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. -Highway 20 has just been closed to thru traffic into the Sierra Nevada range due to snow and spinouts.

Caltrans officials say if you plan to go to Tahoe, you can still get there at this time, but you should plan for double or triple the time it would normally take for the drive.

Interstate 80 is the way travelers can drive through Donner Pass in the northern Sierra Nevada range.

The pass has a steep approach from the east and a gradual approach from the west.

Here are some photographs provided by Caltrans District 3 on Saturday, showing current conditions. Traffic is moving, but it is slow, said officials.

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