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I-80 reopens with chain controls as winter storms blanket Sierra

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Advice for putting on chains from chain installer John Wyman

Winter weather has returned to the Reno-Lake Tahoe region, and is impacting area roadways with chain controls.

The National Weather Service in Reno on Tuesday, Feb. 21 continued a winter storm warning for the greater Lake Tahoe area.

NWS Reno says the mountains will see an additional 8 to 14 inches of snow while below 7,000 feet will get between 5 to 10 inches of snowfall.

Consequently, slick and snow-covered roadways are to be expected Tuesday, with travel being severely impacted over the Sierra passes.

'High' avalanche danger

In addition, the Sierra Avalanche Center continued an avalanche advisory, saying the avalanche danger for the greater Lake Tahoe area is "high."

SAC says natural-triggered avalanches are "likely" and human-triggered avalanches are "very likely." Moreover, travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.

An avalanche Monday night has shut down Mt. Rose Highway. There were no immediate reports of entrapment or injuries.

Find a list of all chain controls in the region below:

CHAIN CONTROLS (UPDATED 7:15 A.M. 2/21/17)

California

  • I-80: Nyack to the Nevada state line
  • SR-89: Picketts Junction to US 50; Bliss State Park to I-80; Truckee to Sierraville; closed from US-50 to Emerald Bay due to snow
  • SR-88: Peddler Vista to Red Lake Creek
  • SR-267: Truckee to Kings Beach
  • US-50: Freds Place to Meyers
  • SR-28: Tahoe City to the Nevada state line
  • SR-20: Washington Rd. to I-80

For California road conditions, call 1-800-427-7623.

Nevada

  • SR-431 (MT. ROSE HWY.): Mile post 0.2 in Washoe County to mile post 19 in Washoe County; closed from Douglas Fir to Fairview due to avalanche
  • US-50: From mile post 9.5 to 14.6 in Douglas County; from mile post 0.0 to 4.5 in Carson City
  • SR-341 (GEIGER GRADE): From mile post 3.0 in Lyon County to 9.0 in Storey County
  • SR-207 (KINGSBURY GRADE): From mile post 0.0 to 7.0 in Douglas County
  • SR-28: From mile post 2.9 to 11.0 in Washoe County; from mile post 0.0 in Douglas County to 3.0 in Washoe County
  • US-395: From mile post 38.5 to 42.1 in Washoe County; from mile post 4.1 to 13.8 in Douglas County

For Nevada road conditions, dial 5-1-1 or call 1-800-NV-ROADS.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

  • Sierra Nevada College

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