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  South Lake Tahoe Driving Conditions
436 Barrett Drive, Stateline, Nevada, 89449
  Travel Safely in the Sierra Nevada!  
  Be sure to check the weather and road conditions before driving in the Tahoe Sierra Nevada.
Snow can occur in any month of the year, and heavy snow closes roads in winter.
Travel Information from the California Department of Transportation
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In Fall, Winter, and Spring:

Purchase tire chains for your vehicle.
Test-fit your chains prior to driving in snowy weather.
Use all-wheel drive. four-wheel drive, or front-Wheel drive vehicles.

If you are not familiar with driving on snowy mountain roads, use an all-wheel drive vehicle in winter.

If you are a well seasoned snow driver, you will generally be fine with front wheel drive, but you might be required to install chains at a chain checkpoint during a heavy snowstorm, and you might have difficulty climbing some hills near mountain passes, depending upon many factors, such as tire type, tire wear, tire size, chain type, chain wear, vehicle weight, weight of your gear, weight of your passengers, icy conditions, etc. VBar chains are recommended for icy conditions and long-drives.
Chains are a nuisance.  Even the most adventurous person can be frustrated by chains and chain checkpoints.  One must have an adventurous attitude and approach to chains, or one risks having a bad day.

Chain Checkpoints:

The Nevada State Patrol rarely requires chain installation.
BUT, the California State Patrol often set up chain checkpoints at Sierra crest passes and in the Tahoe basin. Chain checkpoints are essentially road blocks where a State Patrol officer stops and assesses the ability of every vehicle to safely cross a snowy mountain road.  The officer will only require four-wheel-drive vehicles to install chains in the most severe driving conditions.  Usually the road is closed before this happens.  The officer will require two-wheel-drive vehicles to install chains during many light, moderate, and heavy snowstorms on these California highways:

88 89 50 28 267 80

Note that Nevada Hwy 207, (Kingsbury Grade), seldom requires chains, and when it does, the chain checkpoint usually does not last for more than a couple of hours.  Also, 207 does not have delays at the chain checkpoint, because the traffic is always light on 207, (Kingsbury Grade).  This means that it is easy and fast for you travel between 436 Barrett Drive and Reno International Airport.

Chain Purchase and Installation:

You can often purchase chain installation from CA Department of Transportation employees at the chain checkpoints, but you cannot ever purchase chains at the chain checkpoints, so buy your chains before you enter the foothills of the mountains.  Chain purchasing is time consuming and requires attention to detail.  You will need to write down the size numbers on the sidewalls of your tires on a piece of paper, and take the paper into the store with you.  These types of stores are most likely to have chains that will fit your tires:  Hardware stores, K Mart, Wal-Mart,  & auto parts stores
You will probably find the best selection online, or if you shop in or near the Sierra foothills, but do not wait until a storm comes to purchase chains, because others will be doing the same, and your size is likely to be sold out.  Consider purchasing actual chains instead of cables, because chains can be repaired, and adjusted with extra parts.
Chains wear and break, especially when you drive on bare pavement.  Often the chain checkpoints are below the snow line, and you will drive considerable distances up the mountain until you get to snow-covered roads.  Accelerate, turn, and brake gently with chains installed; especially when the snow coverage on the road is thin.  Avoid spinning or sliding the tires that have chains on them.  
Stores in the sierra foothills and mountains often carry extra links and parts for chains.  These stores often have helpful staff that can repair broken links in chains and provide you with helpful advice.  Do purchase a few extra adjustable links and parts.  Do purchase and use elastic chain tensioners.  Chain tensioners a.k.a chain tighteners are elastic that hook across the diameter of the wheel to keep the chains tight on the wheel.

Test the fit of your chains before you need them.

After you install the chains, drive for 100 feet or so, and check the tension on the chains.  If the chains are loose, tighten them.
Chains cost between $30 and $100 for two wheels.  The price depends on the size of your tire, and the type of chain that you buy.  More expensive chains usually last longer.  Inexpensive chains are often difficult to install and break sooner.  Driving on broken chains can whip your car with loose parts of the chain, and do significant damage to your car.  Chain installation usually costs about $20, and un-installation usually costs about $10.  You can do it yourself, but you are likely to get cold, dirty, wet and frustrated.  It will take a first-timer as much as 45 minutes to install chains.  I've done it many times, and it still takes me 20 minutes and I still get wet and dirty.  You get wet because you are usually installing them in the rain, because the chain checkpoints are often below the elevation where the rain turns to snow.  You get dirty because your tires and wheel wells are dirty and gritty.  The professional installers require about 10 minutes, but you might have to wait in line for them for quite a while.

Consider Alternate Routes and Travel Schedules:

Avoid chain checkpoints if you can.  Installing chains, waiting in line at the chain checkpoint, driving with chains for some distance, and removing chains can easily add 1 - 3 hours to a drive in the Sierra Nevada mountains.  There are too many cars driven by too many people who have no clue about installing chains or driving in the snow, and they will all be in your path.  Consider getting a nice meal and waiting out the storm, or waiting for a non-peak traffic period.  Chain checkpoint patrol officers do leave chain checkpoints unmanned late at night, depending on the severity of the storm and the location.


When Driving in the Sierra Nevada in the Fall, Winter and Spring...

Check weather forecasts and road reports carefully before you set out.
Always carry tire chains, tow strap, and a good shovel.
Always carry winter outdoor clothing and blankets.
Always use good snow tires.
Avoid using rear wheel drive vehicles if possible.
Travel with a strong and massive friend if possible, so they can push you if you get stuck.
Practice winter driving techniques before driving in the mountains.
Keep your gas tank full, so that you have engine heat if you get stranded.