Winter weather returns to Tahoe |

Winter weather returns to Tahoe

Winter weather came back to the Lake Tahoe area with this week’s storm system. Predictions were for two to six inches of accumulation by this morning with a chance of scattered snowshowers through Sunday. Thursday night the Lake Tahoe Basin accumulated up to six inches in some areas.

While no serious traffic problems had been reported as of Thursday, the storm served as a reminder to area motorists to get ready for the oncoming winter.

“This is nothing compared to what we are going to have, hopefully this will put us in the winter driving mode,” said Officer Steve Gwaltney of the California Highway Patrol. “We should use this as a wake-up call to see that our wipers are up and make sure we have chains and we know how to put them on.”

Caltrans had chain controls in effect Thursday night from South Lake to Kyburz on Highway 50, and on Highway 89 around Emerald Bay. Caltrans plans on keeping a close eye on the weather, in anticipation of reinstating the chain controls.

“They’re saying that there is unstable weather through the weekend, so it is hard to say,” said Caltrans worker Shelly Piscitelli. “We will be staffing more people for the night shift.”

Gwaltney said that even though Tahoe residents usually handle winter driving well, there is still danger on stormy roads.

“Our locals usually get through the winter no problem but we get people from out of the area who are not used to it,” Gwaltney said. “The majority of accidents are caused by unsafe speed and the other is people not driving heads up.”

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