SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Despite I-80 and US-50 being open, Caltrans said that people should continue to limit their travel to the Tahoe area on Wednesday. Traffic congestion is slowing down crews from plowing the highways.
CHP tweeted around noon that Truckee is low on resources such as food and gas and with more snow expected Wednesday night, people should only travel if absolutely necessary. Drivers should not believe everything on their GPS, which CHP said is often incorrect.
Caltrans said state highways have seen $22 million in damages during the storm. This number doesn't include costs for snow and fallen tree removal.
I-80 reopened to all passenger and commercial vehicles early Wednesday morning. However, Caltrans is still warning drivers not to travel unless it's absolutely necessary.
CHP-Gold Run said four trees are blocking the westbound lanes of I-80 and the #1 eastbound lane.
Chains are required for all vehicles except for four-wheel drive with snow tread tires on all wheels eastbound I-80 from Drum Forebay to Truckee and westbound I-80 from Truckee to Alta, according to Caltrans.
According to Caltrans, the speed limit is 25 or 30 miles an hour when chains are required. Chain control resources can be found HERE.
California Highway Patrol is asking drivers to slow down and give plenty of space between vehicles. CHP said in a tweet that the last thing they want is for I-80 to close due to traffic collisions.
US-50 is closed at the Nevada state line and only essential travelers should be out today, according to Caltrans.
Caltrans said that travelers can expect long delays on westbound US-50 and delays on eastbound US-50.
The city of South Lake Tahoe said a number of resources are at or near capacity, including gas, tow trucks and lodging. Caltrans highly recommends that people stay home and do not travel.
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