Last updated: 01:32 PM ET, Sun November 27 2016

Storm in Sierra Nevadas Brings Holiday Travel to a Halt

Impacting Travel | Jessica Kleinschmidt | November 27, 2016

Storm in Sierra Nevadas Brings Holiday Travel to a Halt

photo courtesy of The Hiking Lady 

Traveling from the Sacramento, California area to Northern Nevada is a popular route during the holidays. When it comes to traveling on Donner Pass this time of year, the weather could create a longer commute. Motorists were stranded on the pass after a winter storm hit the area.

Saturday night hosted a snow storm that shutdown Interstate 80 over Donner Summit. When it eventually opened up, travelers were required to have chains. 

According to Fox 40, the traffic stopped near Crystal Springs, "but Caltrans cleared the road and allowed vehicles through with chains or four-wheel drive, at a crawl."

Some motorists did not come prepared with chains and had to pay a fee for the chains themselves and to put them on. "I bought the chains," explained Crystal Lee who was traveling from Sacramento to Sparks, Nevada, "I had to pay $110, but you know you can't put a cost on your life."

Chains and/or snow tires are still required on all mountain roads according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

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