Travel impacted by high winds, rain, and high-elevation snow in N. Nevada, California

Donner Summit seen on Friday, Nov. 17

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California chain controls:

  • Semi trucks traveling over Donner Summit on Interstate 80 are being screened for maximum chains. Westbound at Overland Trail Rd. in Truckee and eastbound at Applegate. Trucks must have maximum chains in order to pass, according to the California Department of Transportation.
  • SR-88: From Silver Lake to 5 miles west of Picketts Junction
  • SR-89 is closed from US 395 to Monitor Pass in Alpine County due to snow; chain controls in effect from Picketts Junction to 2.7 miles south of U.S. 50.
  • SR-108 is closed from 26.4 miles east of Strawberry to 8 miles west of US 395 due to snow.

Nevada chain controls:

  • SR-431 (Mt. Rose Hwy.) from Fairview Blvd. to Bulls Eye.
  • US 50 from mile post 9.5 to mile post 14.6 in Douglas County
  • SR-207 from mile post 0.0 to mile post 5.0 in Douglas County
  • Centerville Road in Douglas County is closed from Highway 88 to Foothill Road due to flooding.

To check Nevada road conditions, click here or call 511.

To check California road conditions, click here.


High winds, heavy rain, and heavy mountain snow will begin Wednesday and continue through early Friday. Snow levels stay high for the most part but may drop down to Lake Level by Thursday night as a cold front pushes through. As the storm tapers lingering light snow showers arrive Friday as low as valley foothills. But no major accumulations expected in the valley.

Where we will see accumulating snow?

  • 2-3 feet of heavy wet snow above 8,000'
  • up to 4'' near 7,500'
  • 1-3'' near Lake Level

High Winds in the valley by mid morning Wednesday lasting through early Thursday

  • Southwest 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 70 mph.
  • Wind prone areas could see 70+ mph gusts
  • Strong cross winds and travel restrictions are likely to impact high profile vehicles especially along Highway 395/Interstate 580
  • Localized damage to trees and fences may occur along with possible power outages

Prepare by stocking your vehicle with an emergency kit as well as snow chains, securing outdoor items and decorations, and placing sandbags near flood prone areas.


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