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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Snow heads back this weekend, City staff want you to take steps to stay safe

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South Lake Tahoe, CAA Special Weather Statement has been issued for South Lake Tahoe by the National Weather Service, with guidance for how to stay safe all Winter.

A Pacific storm will move through the region Friday through early Saturday morning bringing a quick burst of precipitation to the Sierra and Tahoe Basin.

Snow levels will start out near the 6000-6500 foot range Friday afternoon and increase to 7000 feet by the evening as warmer air pushes in from the southwest. Snow accumulations during this time will be minimal from Lake Tahoe level up to 7000 feet with none to 2 inches likely. For elevations above 7000 feet, including I-80, accumulation of wet, heavy snow will be up to 6 inches with the highest amounts expected along the Sierra crest.

Even with a minimal amount of snow accumulation in the Sierra, travel is anticipated to be hazardous along the passes during this time. Southwest winds will be strong as well which could lead to blowing snow, reducing visibility in these areas. Please check with Caltrans for the most updated road information if traveling over any Sierra passes Friday into early Saturday morning.

“Snow Safe” suggestions when snow conditions exist: 

  • City snow plows are deployed when an average of three (3) inches of snow have fallen (accumulated) on the ground citywide. When snow conditions, snow plows have the right of way on streets and vehicles left unattended in the streets are subject to citation and/or tow. The best policy is to keep your vehicle(s) parked off the streets at all times. 
  • Cars subject to citation and/or tow are those parked in the street right-of-way. The City right-of-way extends beyond the edge of the pavement to the property line, generally 5 to 10 feet beyond the edge of the pavement. 
  • The primary purpose of snow removal is to clear snow from streets for emergency vehicles, school buses, hospital entry, refuse trucks and all vehicle traffic. 
  • The City is asking that you keep all trash containers behind the berm, on your property. Improper placement of trash containers can result in damaged containers and/or snow removal equipment. This affects the level of service we are able to provide to the community. 
  • When shoveling snow from your driveway, shovel to the right as you face the street. This way, the plow will move the snow further down the road, rather than move the shoveled snow back into your driveway. 
  • Child Safety-please keep children indoors while snow removal operations are underway. 
  • Pedestrian Safety-Don't watch snow removal operations from the edge of the road. 
  • Back Off - Keep a safe distance (40+ feet) when driving/standing behind snow removal equipment. 
  • Slow Down! - The maximum speed when chain controls are in effect is 25 mph. 

As a reminder, we ask the community to not park on the streets during snow removal. Please remove all trashcans, mailboxes, vehicles, etc. from city right of way to prohibit equipment damage to the blowers.

  • The City of South Lake Tahoe's snow removal phone line is (530) 542-6030. 
  • For County residents, the snow removal phone number is (530) 573-3180. 

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