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Posted on: December 6, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Winter weather, high winds could cause travel delays this weekend


South Lake Tahoe, CA- A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect tonight for the City of South Lake Tahoe as we gear up for another round of winter weather. This could be another rain/snow event at lake level, and City crews are preparing for that.

The National Weather Service says we could get several inches of snow and rain at lake level with the next round of storms. To check weather conditions in real-time, click here. The heaviest snow is expected Friday night and Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. The wind is also a concern with this storm, with gusts up to 50 mph by Saturday morning. High winds and wet snow could also cause extensive tree damage.

“This is just the beginning for winter weather in Tahoe, and it’s never too soon to talk about how to stay snow safe” says Chris Fiore, Communications Manager for the City of South Lake Tahoe, “These storms that become rain/snow events can be particularly challenging, especially in areas prone to flooding.”

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.

As a reminder, drivers should anticipate delays and increased travel time throughout the weekend. Travel is not advised as conditions get worse. To check road conditions in real-time, click here. For snow safe suggestions, click here.

“Every time we have a snow event, we have issues with illegally parked cars,” said Jerry Heath, Maintenance Manager for the City, “Abandoned or illegally parked cars aren’t just illegal, they’re dangerous. Moving vehicles out of snow removal areas makes clearing the roads easier for everyone.”

Caltrans reminds drivers to winterize vehicles by ensuring tires are properly inflated and have a good tread and to stock vehicles with water, blankets, snacks, a flashlight, and a full tank of gas before mountain travel. Further tips for safe winter driving and information about chain controls can be found here.

For snow removal information:

  • 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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