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Staying safe in the snow

Going to Tahoe? Or elsewhere to the snow? Then here’s some safety tips from CHP Officer Pete Mann of the Truckee office to help you avoid ending up like the driver in the photo: 1. Give yourself plenty of time. Don’t rush when you’re driving on snow or ice. Conditions can change suddenly in the Sierra during winter, turning a three-hour trip to 10 hours. “Plan for the unexpected,” Mann says. 2.If you haven’t put on chains before or not… Read More »

Highway 12 closed at night in Napa County

Highway 12 through Jameson Canyon  in Napa County will be closed at night this week  to allow construction crews to do drainage/culvert work as part of widening the road. The highway will be closed 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday from Highway 29 and Red Top Road, weather permitting. Drivers should use Highway 37 instead of 12 to get to and from Interstate 80. The about $115 million Highway 12 project will widen the road to four lanes… Read More »

Going to Tahoe? Take your chains

It’s Memorial Day weekend; the traditional start of summer vacations. But if you’re driving to Lake Tahoe, take your chains. Yes, be prepared for snow. The National Weather Service issued a weather alert Thursday warning that an unseasonably cold low pressure system is going to hit the Sierra on Friday and will produce snow showers through Saturday morning. It’s forecasting several inches of snow above 7,000 feet in the Tahoe area and above 6,000 feet in northeastern California. At lake… Read More »

I-80 reopens between Davis, Sacramento

  Interstate 80 at the Yolo Causeway is open again after being closed for about six hours because of a massive police search for a gunman who fired shots at a business in West Sacramento, carjacked a pickup, fired at pursuing police officers and crashed the stolen pickup on the causeway before fleeing. The highway reopened at about 12:30 p.m., but traffic conditions are expected to be sluggish because of backed-up motorists. At one point in the search, police were… Read More »