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Posted on: November 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Winter storm to bring heavy snow, high wind, holiday travel concerns


South Lake Tahoe, CAA Winter Storm Warning goes into effect tomorrow as the City of South Lake Tahoe gears up for its first round of intense winter weather this year, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect Tuesday at 4:00 PM and will remain in effect through Thanksgiving Day. The National Weather Service says we could expect more than a foot of snow, even more in higher elevations. Heavy snow, combined with high winds, could make travel difficult, if not impossible.

“This is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and this storm could make that travel dangerous,” said Chris Fiore, Communications Manager, “We are asking everyone to use their best judgment, and make smart choices before hitting the road.”

Drivers should anticipate delays and increased travel time throughout the weekend. Travel could be very difficult as conditions worsen. To check road conditions in real-time, click here. Caltrans also has up to the minute information on their Facebook page.

“City staff will work hard to keep roads as clear as possible during this winter storm, but we’ll need your help,” said Ray Jarvis, Public Works Director, “Keep anything that could inhibit snow removal teams out of the City right of way. Illegally parked vehicles can hamper snow removal efforts.”

City snowplows are deployed when an average of three (3) inches of snow has fallen (accumulated) on the ground citywide. When snow conditions, snowplows have the right of way on streets, and vehicles left unattended in the streets are subject to citation and/or tow. For complete, snow safe information, click here.

Remember, the City has two locations open for people to come get sandbags if they need them.

  • City Recreation Center, 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.
  • Fire Station 3, 2101 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

You will need to fill your own bags and transport them back to your home. Access to sandbags is available during normal business hours, Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-4 PM.

  • 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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