Update: US 50 reopens at Echo Summit following brief closure for avalanche control | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Update: US 50 reopens at Echo Summit following brief closure for avalanche control

UPDATE 9:20 a.m.

U.S. 50 is once again open at Echo Summit after avalanche control led to a nearly two-hour traffic hold, the California Department of Transportation announced.

Visit the Caltrans website for the most up-to-date road conditions.

ORIGINAL POST: Traffic hold on US 50 near Echo Summit for avalanche control

Traffic is being held for avalanche control on U.S. 50 from Meyers to Chiappa, according to the California Department of Transportation.

There is no estimated time for reopening. Visit the Caltrans website for the most up-to-date road conditions.

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The traffic hold comes amid a backcountry avalanche warning for the Tahoe Basin. The avalanche warning, which states avalanche danger is high in the backcountry, is in effect until 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Heavy precipitation is expected in the region to start out the week. A winter storm warning and wind advisory are in effect until 10 p.m. Monday, while a flood watch is in effect from then until 4 a.m. Wednesday.