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Posted on: May 14, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Travel problems likely as City preps for spring snow storm


South Lake Tahoe, CA- City staff are prepping for a late spring storm that could bring several inches of snow to South Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas. 

"Snow removal shouldn't be an issue with this storm," said Jim Marino, Asst. Public Works Director, "We are prepared to do road sanding at key areas throughout the city, but our biggest concern is localized flooding.”

A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for areas surrounding the City of South Lake Tahoe, and the   National Weather Service says we could see several inches, if not a foot, of snow at lake level. As a reminder drivers should anticipate delays and increased travel time throughout the next few days. Travel is not advised as conditions worsen, especially for drivers going over the hill. To check road conditions in real-time, click here. To check weather conditions in real time, click here. 

“There were concerns about flooding along the Truckee River but the NWS says the cold weather should slow snow melt enough to keep those concerns at bay,” said Chris Fiore, City Communications Manager, “The weather is always unpredictable, but our concerns here are a rain-snow mix that could cause localized flooding.”

Rain and snow are expected to start tomorrow and continue through the middle of next week. The transition from rain to snow is expected to start Wednesday night into Thursday. It's also going to be much colder than we have seen in recent weeks. 

"If you've put your winter coats away, it is time to get them out of the closet," said Fiore, "Cold temperatures are expected to stick around through next week. We just want to urge everyone to be careful especially if you're traveling through higher elevations."

If it is needed, information for snow removal is below:

  • 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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