I-80 closes in Sierra, snow hits lower elevations

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Rounds of rain and snow are continuing on Christmas weekend in Northern California.

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Authorities have discouraged mountain travel in the Sierra and recommend that if you do go, be prepared for chain controls and traffic delays.

Here are updates on traffic conditions:

Highway 50 traffic at Meyers and Echo Summit in El Dorado County is being held due to multiple spinouts, according to Caltrans. Officials warn drivers that there will be major delays.

Interstate 80 is closed from Colfax in Placer County to the Nevada state line due to whiteout conditions, Caltrans said.

Eastbound State Route 88 at the Carson Spur area in Amador County is closed for avalanche control, according to Caltrans District 10. There is no estimated time of reopening.

Here’s the weather outlook for Saturday, Sunday and Monday:

Our weather team says to expect several hours of wet weather in the Valley on Saturday with improving conditions later in the afternoon. Snowfall will intensify in the mountains through the afternoon and evening.

Snow levels have lowered to around 4,000 feet and will continue to move lower Saturday night.

A rain break is likely after sunset and into early Sunday.

By Sunday, expect more rain and snow in lower elevations by the early afternoon.


Sunday overnight and into Monday could lead to snow falling down to around 1,000-feet elevations.

The big concern will be for heavy snow stacking up around 2,500-feet and above on Sunday through Monday. KCRA 3’s weather team is declaring a Weather Alert Day for Monday as winds gust and low snow makes for potential power outages.

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