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Posted on: February 15, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Travel concerns still exist during this storm; SLTFR steps in to help family in need


South Lake Tahoe, CA- Snow continues to blanket South Lake Tahoe, as a Winter Storm and Avalanche warning remain in effect. 

Between 1-3 feet of snow is expected from now through this weekend. SLTPD said roads have been a problem in the basin this morning with high winds creating whiteout conditions even at lake level. To check weather conditions in real time, click here.

“Stay off the roads this morning if at all possible,” said Chris Fiore, Communications Manager for the City of South Lake Tahoe, “Plows are out and working, but when it snows this hard it is just hard to keep up.”

Chain controls are in effect across the area with road closures becoming more and more frequent. 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.

Storms like these do bring out the best in people. This morning SLTFR crews responded to a medical call. They were able to get the patient to the hospital, but they didn’t stop there. Crews proceeded to dig the family out too so they could make it to the hospital to be with their loved one. 


“This is what it’s all about,” said Fire Chief Jeff Meston, “We respond to call with varying levels of need every day. On every call, every day our guys do more than what is asked of them and go above and beyond the call of duty. It’s just what they do.”

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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