Many South Lake Tahoe Real Estate buyers that are not familiar with living in snow country often ask me about how well the roads are plowed in Tahoe during the winter months. This is a great question not only for someone looking to purchase a property in South Lake Tahoe, but for anyone looking to visit Lake Tahoe in the winter.
South Lake Tahoe visitors and home owners will now have an easy way to check on local road conditions and snow plowing progress within the South Lake Tahoe City limits. The City of South Lake Tahoe has successfully launched and interactive snow removal map on the City's website making it easy to check on how the snow removal progress. The new live snow removal map shows current snow removal progress using GPS tracking units that have been installed on the snow plows.
Under optimum conditions, the City plans to complete the initial plowing of the City's 130 miles of streets in 12 hours following a storm. Updates to the "live" snow removal route map are provided as streets are plowed every eight (8), sixteen (16), and twenty-four (24) hours. In addition to removing the snow from the City streets, snow removal crews are also responsible for sanding icy roads and intersections, as well as clearing the parking lots of some city facilities.
The primary routes are plowed first when generally 3 inches of snow accumulates throughout the city. Initially, one lane is plowed to create a travel lane throughout the entire route. Plows will return to continue to push the snow off of the street.
For more information regarding snow removal in the City of South Lake Tahoe please call the snow removal hotline at (530) 542-6030.