Tahoe Road Info for SR88 (kirkwood), US50 (South Lake Tahoe), and I80 (North Lake Tahoe)

or making caltrans road reports more livable

See this link for more details of the problems with Caltrans Communication and why I started this page. To be fair to Caltrans, at least as of 2017, they have been giving updates on twitter.
It is kind of a shame that those updates are not available on their official site, but in the meantime, I've made them available on this page (although this is best effort by scraping twitter)

Purpose

This page helps with the following things:

Other sources of data

Latest sr88, sr89, us50, and i80 Caltrans dot.ca.gov UPDATES

Please note the - and + in front of each line: - means the line in the previous report (line removed), and + is in the new report (line added) 2019:03:09 01:29 change for sr88 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr88:
-[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM DEW DROP TO HAM'S STATION (AMADOR CO)
+[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM DEW DROP TO SILVER LAKE (AMADOR CO)

2019:03:08 20:40 change for us50 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us50:
-[IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY & THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN] CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 9 MI EAST OF PLACERVILLE TO 3 MI EAST OF POLLOCK PINES (EL DORADO CO)

2019:03:08 20:38 change for i80 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/i80:
-[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 3 MI EAST OF GOLD RUN (PLACER CO) TO THE DONNER LAKE INTERCHANGE (NEVADA CO)
+[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 1 MI EAST OF BAXTER (PLACER CO) TO THE DONNER LAKE INTERCHANGE (NEVADA CO)

2019:03:09 01:45 change for sr89 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr89:
-CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM 18 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 299 (SHASTA CO) TO 1.5 MI SOUTH OF BARTLE (SISKIYOU CO) /DEAD HORSE SUMMIT/
+CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM 13 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 299 (SHASTA CO) TO 1.5 MI SOUTH OF BARTLE (SISKIYOU CO) /DEAD HORSE SUMMIT/

Latest sr88, sr89, us50, and i80 Caltrans Unofficial Twitter Announcements

The updates below are scraped from http://twitter.com/caltransdist3 and http://twitter.com/CaltransDist10 (this is best effort and could be missing updates written in a different format. Please note the date and time next to each update)

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for sr88 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/sr88/twitter/ ):

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for us50 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/us50/twitter/ ):

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for i80 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/i80/twitter/ ):

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for sr89 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/sr89/twitter/ ):

Latest sr88, sr89, us50, and i80 STATUS

2019:03:09 01:29 Status for sr88 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr88:
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM DEW DROP TO SILVER LAKE (AMADOR CO)
PLEASE RESEARCH CHAIN CONTROL LOCATIONS AS CALTRANS IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO UPDATE CHAIN CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS FOR CONSISTENCY WITH INTERNET MAPPING, LIKE GOOGLE MAPS & MAPQUEST.

2019:03:08 20:40 Status for us50 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us50:
[IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY & THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN] NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

2019:03:08 20:38 Status for i80 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/i80:
[IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA - SOLANO CO] NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.
[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 1 MI EAST OF BAXTER (PLACER CO) TO THE DONNER LAKE INTERCHANGE (NEVADA CO)
PLEASE RESEARCH CHAIN CONTROL LOCATIONS AS CALTRANS IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO UPDATE CHAIN CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS FOR CONSISTENCY WITH INTERNET MAPPING, LIKE GOOGLE MAPS & MAPQUEST.
EASTBOUND TRUCKS ARE BEING SCREENED AT APPLEGATE (PLACER CO) - DRIVERS MUST HAVE MAXIMUM CHAINS IN THEIR POSSESSION IN ORDER TO PROCEED - PERMIT LOADS ARE PROHIBITED
WESTBOUND TRUCKS ARE BEING SCREENED AT OVERLAND TRAIL RD /IN TRUCKEE/ (NEVADA CO) - DRIVERS MUST HAVE MAXIMUM CHAINS IN THEIR POSSESSION IN ORDER TO PROCEED - PERMIT LOADS ARE PROHIBITED

2019:03:09 01:45 Status for sr89 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr89:
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] IS CLOSED FROM THE JCT OF US 395 (MONO CO) TO THE JCT OF SR 4 (ALPINE CO) /MONITOR PASS/ - FOR THE WINTER - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE
[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] IS CLOSED FROM EMERALD BAY STATE PARK TO BLISS STATE PARK /EMERALD BAY/ (EL DORADO CO) - DUE TO AVALANCHE CONCERNS - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE
IS CLOSED FROM THE LASSEN VOLCANIC NAT'L PARK SOUTH BDRY TO THE JCT OF SR 44 /LASSEN LOOP/ (TEHAMA, SHASTA CO) - FOR THE WINTER - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE
CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM 13 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 299 (SHASTA CO) TO 1.5 MI SOUTH OF BARTLE (SISKIYOU CO) /DEAD HORSE SUMMIT/
PLEASE RESEARCH CHAIN CONTROL LOCATIONS AS CALTRANS IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO UPDATE CHAIN CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS FOR CONSISTENCY WITH INTERNET MAPPING, LIKE GOOGLE MAPS & MAPQUEST.

Get real time sr88, sr89, us50, and i80 changes via Email

You can subscribe to one or more of those lists (or the last one for all):

This is an Email example (notice the - and + to show the state change):

The data below is a sample, not the up to date data (which is above)
Update in http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/sr88/ : 2010:12:05 03:55

Change since last update:
-[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 3.5 MI EAST OF SILVER LAKE (AMADOR CO) TO PICKETTS JCT (ALPINE CO)
-CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM PICKETTS JCT TO 1 MI WEST OF WOODFORDS (ALPINE CO)
+[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 6.5 MI EAST OF PEDDLER HILL TO KIRKWOOD (AMADOR CO)
+CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM KIRKWIOD TO 1 MI WEST OF WOODFORDS (ALPINE CO)

New state from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr88
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 6.5 MI EAST OF PEDDLER HILL TO KIRKWOOD (AMADOR CO) CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM KIRKWIOD TO 1 MI WEST OF WOODFORDS (ALPINE CO)

Main page with google maps of Caltrans reporting points:
http://marc.merlins.org/snow/tahoe_caltrans.shtml



Google Maps


Unfortunately Google broke my map with all caltrans reporting points. You have to click on this link to the maps to see it in another window.

Change history

It's not fancy, but I'm providing it in text form for you to download/parse if you wish: Tahoe Road Info History

Weather Underground Nexrad

Weather underground makes a pretty kick ass nexrad map for real time conditions (make sure to click the radar layer)

As an example, this is what it looks like on a 'good' day :)
data below is a sample, up to date data is above



Graphical Map from Caltrans

Caltrans has a map that is useful to showing chain signs and some CHP incident info with graphical location (click CHP incidents and Chain Controls): sadly the page include again does not work well so please click on this

Graphical Map from Nevada DOT

Nevada DOT has a nice graphical map that Caltrans could learn from. They do include the CA side of the roads you care about (click on the map to get an interactive one where you can mouse over portions of roads for more details)
Understand that their map based on mostly unparseable Caltrans text data with typos and no rules, and therefore it is unfortunately wrong on occasion.

Looking for reasonably priced lodging at kirkwood?

If so, give Pyramid Peak Properties a call: (877) 659-9376, they have a good selection of rentals are cheaper pricing than what you'll get from the main kirkwood lodge. I'm only giving the req because they've been good to me and I hate having to drive from KW back to South Lake Tahoe for lodging :) (ok, to be fair, it still won't be cheap, KW is not cheap, it'll just be cheaper).

FAQ

Can you support more roads/how do I run this myself?
I'm not really planning on adding more roads, but you're welcome to use my code to do your own: roadinfo script.


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