Motorists Stranded Overnight in Blizzard Conditions on Donner Summit

In a winter grip like no other, Interstate 80 (I-80) remains closed Saturday at both the Nevada state line and Colfax, as severe blizzard conditions continue to wreak havoc in the region. Since the early hours of March 2, 2024, the relentless storm left a significant number of vehicles stranded over Donner Summit, sparking an all-hands-on-deck response from emergency teams and tow services working tirelessly to reach those affected.

A video shared to TikTok showed the extreme situation over the snowy pass:


I-80 at Donner Summit in California is completely closed in both directions, multiple car crashes were the cause of the shutdown. Thousands of people are stranded in the middle of this historic blizzard! This is very similar to what happened to the Donner Party ?

? original sound – Alekz Londos

The blizzard’s fury has posed substantial challenges for rescue efforts, with snow and wind creating near-impossible conditions for responders to navigate. Despite these obstacles, emergency personnel have been focused on ensuring stranded motorists are safely evacuated, with left-behind vehicles now a recovery priority for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans District 3).

With no immediate end to the storm in sight and road conditions remaining treacherous, officials are strongly advising everyone to stay put and avoid travel. The safety of residents and travelers is the top concern, and venturing out into the storm is discouraged to prevent further risk and strain on emergency resources.

The California Highway Patrol shared a video on Saturday showing why the popular highway remains closed:

The community is urged to stay tuned to official updates as the situation develops and to follow guidance from authorities. In the meantime, keeping warm, staying safe, and supporting each other in these challenging times is crucial as Northern California faces down one of its most severe winter storms yet.

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