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Posted on: April 7, 2017
[ARCHIVED] Winter Driving Conditions in Effect
Caltrans is alerting motorists to be prepared for a return to winter driving conditions in the Sierra Mountain areas.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8.
Chain controls are to be expected over Donner and Echo Summits beginning Thursday night. While the storm is expected to end Saturday night, chain controls may still be in effect through Sunday morning. Nighttime temperatures will dip below freezing for the next week, creating icy roadway conditions that may require additional chain controls.
The NWS is also warning that wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour will occur during the storm, greatly reducing visibility on Interstate 80 over Donner Pass, U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit, Highway 88 over Carson Pass and Highway 49 over Yuba Pass. Temporary highway closures are possible if white-out conditions occur. The NWS is advising to travel only if necessary. If travel during the storm cannot be delayed, Caltrans encourages motorists to follow the winter driving tips at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel/winter.html.
Motorists traveling on U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit may be held intermittently during the storm for avalanche control. Highway 89 over Emerald Bay is currently open but may be closed if avalanche hazards occur.