SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Officials from multiple agencies are warning against traveling to the Sierra this weekend, at least until storms settle.
The National Weather Service, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, and meteorologists are all strongly suggesting to wait for better conditions to make that trip.
As tempting as the fresh powder is for winter sports enthusiasts and snow lovers, officials say it is simply too dangerous of a drive. Westbound interstate 80 has been closed for most of the day. Eastbound has been closed on and off.
Nevada CHP says they are responding to several crashes in the Reno and Carson City areas. Meanwhile, Caltrans says there have been multiple spin-outs.
Truckee CHP is cautioning drivers of what they call “sucker holes.” That’s when you think there’s going to be a break from the extreme weather and attempt to drive in between snow storms. Officer Pete Mann says a lot of people get stuck this way, and it’s difficult for first responders to get to you if you need help.
Here are the snow totals as of 8 AM:
KRON4 meteorologist Mabrisa Rodriguez says there is a Blizzard warning for South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and Incline Village as an additional two to four feet of snow is expected.
CHP warns that if you do attempt to make a trip to the mountains that you should wait at least until later in the day Saturday. Along with your chains and snowboards, Officer Mann says you also need to pack your patience.
It’s going to be icy and slick on the roadways with plenty of traffic and snow removal equipment jamming the roadways. In areas with chain control cars cannot exceed 30 mph.
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