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I-80 slowly moving after closure near Donner Pass, chains no longer required

Traffic is moving slowly on Interstate 80 in Placer and Nevada counties following a backup in both directions after several cars slid off the road due to snow.

As of 1:37 p.m. Friday, all eastbound traffic was stopped at Kingvale, and all westbound traffic was stopped at the Donner Lake interchange, according to a California Highway Patrol webpage.

Chains were required on all vehicles except four-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from Kingvale to the Donner Lake interchange, according to a Caltrans webpage.

The chain requirement was lifted in both directions at around 3:17 p.m., the CHP webpage said.

Many drivers did not have chains for their vehicles this weekend, which made the backup worse, said CHP Sgt. Dave Lavezzoli. The backup stretched all the way to Eagle Lakes Road, Exit 164, Lavezzoli said.

“I’m assuming it’s going to take hours to clear up,” Lavezzoli said at around 4 p.m. “People should give themselves plenty of time, and have plenty of gas and chains.”

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