Story by Hilda Flores of KCRA
The California Highway Patrol in Placerville is warning drivers of significant delays Saturday after Highway 50 was backed up with eight- to 10-hour delays to South Lake Tahoe, KCRA reported. Caltrans will continue to hold traffic for avalanche control, CHP said.
CHP said that officers have been on double shifts to keep everyone safe and that roads cannot handle the amount of traffic in the current conditions.
Chains controls are in effect for 4 miles east of Placerville to Meyers. Officials said that too many people are showing up unprepared for conditions and chain controls. They warn that there are no alternate routes on back roads from Highway 50.
Interstate 80 is open and designed to handle more vehicles, CHP said. Although they are trying to help drivers already stuck in the conditions on Highway 50, they are asking the public to either take I-80 or stay home.
Today continues to be poor driving conditions in the Sierra with snow still falling. If traveling to Tahoe from the Bay Area or Sacramento, expect double or triple the normal travel time due to chain controls and heavy traffic. pic.twitter.com/RXOqIh4OmL
— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) February 16, 2019