Friday October 27, 2023

Courthouse News Service

Drivers passing through Donner Summit along Interstate 80 in the high Sierra, over 7,000 feet above sea level, didn’t expect significant snow.

People thought Wednesday would bring rain with only a light amount of snow. That changed around 2 p.m., according to Officer Carlos Perez with the California Highway Patrol.

“We were prepared, but a lot of people were not prepared,” the Truckee-based officer said. “It was definitely winter-driving conditions.”

Wednesday marked th first time this season that authorities implemented chain control over the summit on I-80, starting at 2:15 p.m. and lasting until 6:10 p.m. Vehicles needed four-wheel drive or chains to pass through.

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