Weekend Storm Could Impact Sierra Travel


US 50 Scenic Photo

District:  District 3 - Marysville
Contact:  Steve Nelson
Phone:  (530) 741-4566; (530) 701-9459


Marysville  – Motorists planning to travel in the Sierra this weekend should be prepared for a change in the weather that could impact traffic and cause delays.

According to the National Weather Service, 4-6 inches of snow is expected on mountain passes, and chain controls could be required for Interstate 80 over Donner Pass and U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit. The storm is expected to arrive Saturday afternoon and linger into Sunday.  

Caltrans reminds motorists to “know before you go” by using QuickMap to check current highway conditions, or download the free QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play. QuickMap will display chain control checkpoints, any highway lane closures, traffic cameras, California Highway Patrol (CHP) incident information, and even the location of Caltrans’ snow plows.

Motorists also can call the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

Drivers are reminded to to winterize vehicles by ensuring tires are properly inflated and have good tread, and to stock vehicles with food and water, blankets, a flashlight and a full tank of gas before mountain travel. Further tips for safe winter driving and information about chain controls can be found at Winter Driving Tips.

Motorists are reminded of highway speed limits during chain controls: 30 mph on I-80 and 25 mph on Highway 50. Driving safely for winter conditions is crucial to avoid collisions on snowy, icy and wet roads.