Interstate 80 reopens after temporary shutdowns due to heavy Sierra snow

Amid a weekend storm, Interstate 80 was subject to several restrictions and closures Sunday, as Sierra snow made for hazardous travel conditions.

After about an hour-long shutdown of westbound traffic on the highway from the Nevada state line to Colfax, Caltrans reopened the highway around 5:15 p.m.

Eastbound traffic was reopened just after 4 p.m after temporarily being closed from Colfax to the Nevada state line, Caltrans said.

Caltrans said it was still slow going on the highway, warning drivers to take their time and be mindful of snow removal equipment.

The Sierra received significant amounts of snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service, with several feet being reported at high elevations.

Below is a list of the amount of snow reported by the National Weather Service between 11 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday:

  • Castle Peak: 60 inches
  • Squaw-Alpine: 49 inches
  • Kingvale: 39 inches
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe: 37 inches
  • Boreal: 36 inches
  • Kirkwood: 31 inches
  • Bear Valley: 30 inches
  • Dodge Ridge: 24 inches
  • Kyburz: 27 inches
  • Pacific House: 17 inches
  • Camino: 10 inches
  • Chester: 4 inches
  • Placerville: 3 inches
  • Quincy: 2 inches
  • Sonora: 2.5 inches
Vincent Moleski covers business and breaking news for The Bee and is a graduate student in literature at Sacramento State. He was born and raised in Sacramento and previously wrote for the university’s student newspaper, the State Hornet.