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Santa Cruz woman drives 28 hours to get home from South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (KRON) -- Bumper to bumper traffic on Mountain roads in the Sierra yesterday -- so bad that people we're out of their cars walking around. 

Santa Cruz resident Jennifer Moreno was in South Lake Tahoe Sunday and decided to avoid Interstate 80 because of the delays. 

"The other freeway was saying it would take 12 hours to get to Santa Cruz, so I decided to take 88 and that was the biggest nightmare ever," she said.

Moreno left the Sierra at 3 p.m. on Sunday. She eventually got to the Kirkwood ski area and learned the road was closed due to falling snow and avalanche concerns. Along with dozens of others, she got stuck at an area shelter. 

"When I got there, there were already 50 people. Kids crying. No blankets, everybody was wet because there was so much snow. [We had to walk] at least three blocks to get to the building," Moreno said. 

The woman was able to leave the Sierra Monday but had go back toward South Lake Tahoe to take Highway 50. 

More than 28 hours later after her drive began Sunday -- Moreno made it home. 

The Santa Cruz woman says she feels good -- but doesn't plan on going skiing again for a while. 
 

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