The massive snow storm peaked overnight in the Sierra, bringing multiple feet of snow to the Tahoe basin and creating a nightmare for travelers in the region. Currently, all major roads have chain requirements or are experiencing closures, including SR-88, SR-89, US-50, I-80, and US-395.
“This snow storm is really creating havoc on our major roadways,” said the California Highway Patrol – South Lake Tahoe on social media. “Have patience, drive slow, and keep a good space cushion between you and the vehicle in front of you.”
Interstate 80 over Donner Summit and Highway 50 over Echo Summit have both experienced closures over the past 12 hours and both have strict chain requirements between Sacramento and the Tahoe Basin. On Monday afternoon, downed power lines near Truckee forced traffic to stop near the Nevada border, although that issue seems to be fixed.
The snow has been especially deep on the north side of the lake, where even a CHP cruiser needed help getting unstuck in the deep snow:
This storm is expected to last through Wednesday morning. Until then, mountain travel is highly discouraged. Be prepared for long delays, chain controls and possible closures.