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). Actually sometimes Kirkwood twitter has info that caltrans twitter does not...

Purpose

This page helps with the following things:

Other sources of data

Latest sr88, sr89, us50, and i80 STATUS

2023:02:06 15:18 Status for sr88 from https://roads.dot.ca.gov/:
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] TRUCKS OVER 65 ARE PROHIBITED FROM THE JCT OF SR 49 (AMADOR CO) TO THE NEVADA STATE LINE

2023:02:06 11:42 Status for us50 from https://roads.dot.ca.gov/:
[IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY & THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN] NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

2023:02:06 20:03 Status for i80 from https://roads.dot.ca.gov/:
[IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA - SOLANO CO] NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.
[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] A HIGH WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM THE SOLANO/YOLO CO LINE TO THE YOLO/SACRAMENTO CO LINE - TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CAMPERS, TRAILERS, OR PERMIT LOADS
ALL WESTBOUND TRUCKS ARE REQUIRED TO STOP AT THE BRAKE CHECK AREA 0.5 MI WEST OF NYACK (PLACER CO) - TO REDUCE THE RISK OF BRAKE FIRES

2023:02:07 23:00 Status for sr89 from https://roads.dot.ca.gov/:
[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/ (ALPINE CO) - FOR THE WINTER - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE
CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM MARKLEEVILLE TO WOODFORDS (ALPINE CO)
[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA] IS CLOSED FROM EMERALD BAY STATE PARK TO BLISS STATE PARK /EMERALD BAY/ (EL DORADO CO) - DUE TO SNOW - 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 ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 5 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF US 50 TO EMERALD BAY (EL DORADO CO)
CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM MCCLOUD TO 0.5 MI SOUTH OF THE JCT OF I 5 (SISKIYOU CO) /MCCLOUD SUMMIT/


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

The updates below are scraped from http://twitter.com/caltransdist3 , http://twitter.com/CaltransDist10, and http://twitter.com/KWConditions (yes, sometimes KW twitter has info that caltrans twitter does not). This is best effort and could be missing updates. Also 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/ ):
2023:02:05-10:10: #TrafficUpdate: #CarsonPass & #CarsonSpur are currently both open along SR-88 through #Alpine & #Amador counties. Make sure to have chains ready and always use https://t.co/sgfT02reme for traffic and roadway information. You can also download the #Quickmap app. @CaltransHQ https://t.co/vxKdha2iv3
2023:02:05-08:36: 8:35 Road Update Per Cal-trans SR 88 | IS CLOSED FROM 3.5 MI EAST OF SILVER LAKE TO KIRKWOOD /CARSON SPUR/ (AMADOR CO) - DUE TO SNOW - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

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/ ):
2023:02:05-18:45: If you're home by a fire, consider yourself fortunate - and smart not to travel in the Sierra during a storm. Currently TURNING all traffic EB I-80 at Drum (4,300 feet) just east of Baxter due to multiple spinouts over Donner Summit. HOLDING traffic on 50 for avalanche control. https://t.co/9ooWRXq69w
2023:02:05-16:35: WB I-80 traffic is still being held in Truckee. Trucks are being turned around on EB Highway 20 in @nevadacityca due to traction issues. @CHPTruckee https://t.co/FXR79nRFtP

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 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)

2023:02:06 15:18 change for sr88 from https://roads.dot.ca.gov/:
-[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 DEW DROP STATION (AMADOR CO) TO PICKETTS JCT (ALPINE CO)

2023:02:06 11:42 change for us50 from https://roads.dot.ca.gov/:
-[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 TWIN BRIDGES TO MEYERS (EL DORADO CO)

2023:02:06 20:03 change for i80 from https://roads.dot.ca.gov/:
-[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] **FOR WESTBOUND TRAFFIC: CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM THE DONNER LAKE INTERCHANGE (NEVADA CO) TO 4.7 MI WEST OF KINGVALE (PLACER CO)

2023:02:07 23:00 change for sr89 from https://roads.dot.ca.gov/:
+CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 5 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF US 50 TO EMERALD BAY (EL DORADO CO)

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



See you on the slopess

I'm the snowboarder with poles, because it's the best way to go to deep powder and get out if I get a bit too greedy :) If you see me (I'm usually at Kirkwood during dumps), don't be shy, say hi!

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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