With the massive storm continuing to dump snow on the Tahoe region, travel has become very difficult if not impossible in the Sierra. Intestate 80 remains closed in both directions for 70 miles over Donner Summit with no timetable for reopening.
The popular roadway that connects Sacramento and the Bay Area was closed to all traffic on Christmas day and looks like it will remain that way on Sunday. The closure begins at Colfax and lasts all the way to the Nevada state line. Traveling in and out of the region is nearly impossible right now. Ski resorts have reported as much as 80 inches of new snow this week, with many closing down for the day due to extreme snowfall and wind.
I-80 isn’t the only roadway closed due to the storm. Highway 50 is also closed over Echo Summit, as well as Highway 88 over Carson Pass. Essentially, there is no way to travel from California into the Tahoe Basin.
Meanwhile, Highway 395 remains closed in the Eastern Sierra, making it impossible to travel in and out of Mammoth Lakes. Highway 89 is also closed through Lassen Volcanic National Park, with the expectation that it will remain closed for the duration of the winter season.
It’s best to stay home today instead of attempting to travel to the mountains. You’ve been warned.