SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO)-- 8 a.m. Monday update: Caltrans says I-80 east and west have reopened, but chain controls are in effect.
6:30 a.m. Monday update: I-80 west of Reno continues to be closed in both directions from Washoe County to Placer County, with no estimated time of reopening.
5:20 p.m. update:The California Highway Patrol said in a 5 p.m. Facebook post there is not estimated time to reopen Interstate 80.
Snow is getting heavier, the CHP reported, and winds have picked up.
It is not safe to spend the night in Truckee waiting in a vehicle and recommended people waiting in Truckee find a hotel room.
1:40 p.m. update:Interstate 80 is closed in both directions from Colfax to the Nevada state line due to spin outs and zero visibility, the California Department of Transportation reports.
Chains or snow tires are required in Sierra highways that are open.
the Washoe County Sheriff's Office reminds drivers not to use Dog Valley Road by Verdi as an alternate route to Interstate 80.
The Sparks Police Department issued a warning Sunday morning of several accidents due to slick and icy streets.
They ask people to stay home if they can until the roads become safer.
If people must drive, they ask drivers to decrease speed and to leave enough room between your vehicle and other vehicles.
The Sierra Avalanche Center reports avalanche risks in the back country are high.
Winter driving tips from the Nevada Department of Transportation:
- Only travel in winter weather when necessary, leave enough time to safely reach your destination and plan your route to help avoid snowy/icy areas and steep hills.
- Before driving, check weather and road conditions by dialing 511 within Nevada (or 1-877-NV-ROADS outside of Nevada) or logging on to www.nvroads.com.
- Share your travel itinerary so others know when to expect you.
- Remove snow and ice from all vehicle windows, mirrors, lights, turn signals and license plates.
- Buckle up.
- Turn on headlights to see and be seen.
- Do not rely solely on GPS to find alternate routes, as it could lead to unmaintained roadways or hazardous areas.
- Turn off cruise control.
- Avoid quick starts, stops and fast turns. Accelerate, brake and steer smoothly and gradually.
- Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
- Do not slam on brakes. Apply steady pressure on ABS-equipped vehicles and pump the brakes if necessary on non-ABS vehicles.
- Always comply with all posted traction device requirements.
- If your vehicle has snow tires, install and use them between October 1 and April 30.
- Keep additional distance from other vehicles.
- Watch carefully for snow removal equipment.
- Do not pass without good distance and sight clearance.
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas- they may freeze first.
- Maintain a high fuel level.
- If vehicle begins to skid, steer in direction of slide and slowly remove foot from accelerator.
- Be aware of black ice.
- If parked or stuck in snow, leave window slightly cracked for ventilation and make sure vehicle exhaust system is clear of snow.