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Posted on: February 14, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Travel concerns high as another weekend storm hits Tahoe


South Lake Tahoe, CA- A Winter Storm Warning has been extended through noon Sunday as another round of heavy snow blankets South Lake Tahoe. 

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through Sunday evening with more than 3 feet of snow expected from now through this weekend. High winds could create whiteout conditions in higher elevations. To check weather conditions in real time, click here.

“We realize this is a holiday weekend, but the truth is traveling this weekend could be dangerous,” said Chris Fiore, Communications Manager for the City of South Lake Tahoe, “Check conditions before you get on the road but if you don’t need to be on the roads, don’t be.”

CalTrans says chain controls on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit, on U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit and on other Sierra mountain roadways are already in effect. Drivers should anticipate delays and increased travel time throughout the weekend, especially during ski commute times. Travel is not advised as conditions get worse. To check road conditions in real-time, click here.

The city is asking people to remember to remove vehicles from snow removal areas. Illegally parked and abandoned cars are not only illegal, but they also hamper snow removal efforts during storms like these. 

Plows are already out and will continue to maintain roads as needed. If you need assistance please call one of the numbers below. For complete snow safe information, including plowing procedures, click here. 

  • 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. 

Flooding has also been a concern with this storm. The City has two locations open for people to come get sandbags if they need them. 

  • City Public Works Yard, 1160 Rufus Allen Blvd.
  • Fire Station 3, 2101 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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