Cars Surrounded by Deep Snowbanks as Storm Causes Gridlock on California Highway

A major blizzard brought traffic to a standstill along the Interstate 80 near Soda Springs, northern California, on Friday, March 1.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that I-80 westbound traffic was being redirected at the Nevada State line and eastbound I-80 traffic was being rerouted at Drum Forebay due to spinouts, high winds, and low visibility on Friday.

This footage, filmed by Alekz Londos, depicts the wintry conditions both along the freeway and in Donner Summit and Soda Springs on Friday.

As of Saturday morning, March 2, I-80 westbound traffic was still being redirected at the Nevada State line, and eastbound traffic was being rerouted at Colfax.

CHP had not provided an estimated time for reopening the freeway at the time of writing.

According to the National Weather Service, blizzard conditions were expected to continue throughout the weekend, leading to dangerous travel conditions with “excessive delays, road closures, and whiteout conditions.” Credit: Alekz Londos via Storyful

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