Update: US 50 reopened after rockslide; Most chain controls lifted; Power getting restored

A tree succumbed to the snow and wind Monday at the intersection of Fairway and Glenwood in South Lake Tahoe.
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A rockslide Sunday evening has led to closure of U.S. Highway 50. Provided

Update 4:45 p.m. — Power has been restored to most Liberty Utility customers.

About 728 remain without power and most have an expected estimated time of restoration at 6 p.m.

About 300 NV Energy customers at Lake Tahoe are still without power and they have a restoration time of 6:30 p.m.

Update 3:30 p.m. — More than 3,000 remain without power in El Dorado County.

The expected time of restoration for most is at about 4:30 p.m., according to the Liberty Utilities outage map.

NV Energy has restored power to most Incline Village customers but there are still about 250 customers without power on Kingsbury Grade as well as several dozen in the Zephyr cove area.

Chain controls have been lifted in most places in the Tahoe Basin.

Chains are still required on State Route 89 from Camp Richardson to Tahoma on the West Shore, and they are also required heading over Mount Rose Summit (SR-431).

Update 11:45 a.m. — U.S. Highway 50 has reopened after a late night rockslide on Sunday.

Chain controls are in effect from Meyers to about 4,500 feet elevation (Fred’s Place).

Update 11 a.m. — Power has been restored to most El Dorado County residents.

Just 590 customers remain without power according to the Liberty outage map. In Placer County, 628 are without power.

Update 9:45 a.m. — U.S. Highway 50 remains closed Monday morning from a late-night rockslide on Sunday.

Caltrans said crews are still working to clear the road and expect to reopen at 11 a.m.

The highway is closed from Meyers to Fred’s Place.

The outage map for Liberty Utilities is showing 4,562 remain without power in El Dorado County and said that it may be restored by 2 p.m.

According to the NV energy outage map, about 600 customers at Lake Tahoe are without power.

Update 7:30 a.m. — Lake Tahoe Unified School District has changed its decision from earlier this morning and has closed all schools on Monday.

In a post on its website, the district said one or more schools are without power, for the safety of our students, all schools will be closed.

Update 7:20 a.m. — A power outage is affecting thousands of customers in South Lake Tahoe and along the West Shore.

According to the Liberty Utilities outage map, due to 15 separate incidents, 4,441 customers are without power in El Dorado County and another 752 are without power in Placer County.

For the majority of customers, the estimated time of restoration is about 9:30 a.m.

Power has been restored to most in Incline Village and about 230 remain without power, according to the NV energy outage map.

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — U.S. Highway 50 is closed Monday morning while Caltrans works on clearing a rockslide that happened Sunday evening on Echo Summit.

The boulders “need to be blasted” to clear the road Caltrans said on social media and estimated that the highway should be reopening at any time. The road is closed from the roundabout at Meyers to Twin Bridges, according to

The California Highway Patrol said it received numerous calls about rock fall on California State Route 89 in the Emerald Bay area.

The heavy rains at Lake Tahoe have turned to snow overnight and the heavy, wet snow is stacking up, especially on the North Shore where more snow is forecast.

All classes at Incline Village schools have been canceled Monday due to inclement weather, the Washoe County School District said.

All schools are open Monday in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. Buses will be running with chains on, the district said.

A power outage is affecting more than 1,000 customers in Incline Village, according to the NV energy outage map.

There are also more than 500 customers reporting outages near Glenbrook.

Chain controls are in effect from Stateline over Kingsbury Grade (Nevada State Route 207), Spooner Summit (US 50) through Nevada State Route 28 to Incline Village.

No chains are required in South Lake Tahoe to Meyers.

From South Lake Tahoe along the West Shore, chains are required from Camp Richardson to Tahoma.

The winter storm warning from the National Weather Service is in effect through 11 p.m. Monday.

The service said 4-9 inches could accumulate at lake level Monday morning with 12-18 inches expected for Spooner Summit and up to 2 feet on Mount Rose Summit (NV-431). Several feet of snow are forecast on the highest peaks.

The snow could mix with, or change back to, rain at times in the afternoon. The worst conditions will be through Monday morning where snowfall rates could range between 2-3 inches per hour.

A slight chance of rain is forecast for Tuesday before the storm moves out and sunny to partly cloudy skies take over for the rest of the week with highs in the low to mid 50s.

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