Schools closed, chain controls in effect as snow falls at Lake Tahoe

Solid blue lines denotes chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheels drives with snow tires. The dotted blue line means snow tires or chains are required. The purple line northeast of Lake Tahoe on U.S. Highway 395 has a purple line denoting wind restrictions for vehicles over 9 feet. Provided/

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The snow started falling in the early morning hours Thursday at Lake Tahoe.

Chain controls are in effect and all schools in the Incline Village, Truckee and South Lake Tahoe areas are closed Thursday, Dec. 1, due to hazardous road and weather conditions.

The National Weather Service is expecting a foot or more of snow at lake level and possibly more than 2 feet for the surrounding mountains on Thursday.

The service has cut its winter storm warning short for the fast-moving storm and lasts through 4 a.m. Friday.

Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel drives with snow tires on U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit and over Kingsbury Grade on Nevada State Route 207.

The same requirements are also in effect From Truckee on Interstate 80 west to Emigrant Gap.

Chains or snow tires are required around Emerald Bay and from Tahoma to Tahoe City.

The weather service says the snow will taper off this evening.

For more information on roads, visit or call 511.

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