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Snow Removal

Snow Blower
Placer County provides snow removal on county roadways
outside of incorporated cities and not on state highways.

Road/Weather Conditions

See Where We Plow

  • Tahoe area was designated by the Placer County Board of Supervisors to receive snow removal services
  • Map of all snow removal zones 
    • Zone 1From El Dorado County line north to the Truckee River. Including the following subdivisions; Kailua Park, Moana Circle, McKinney, Chamberlands, Homewood, Tahoe Swiss Village, Tahoe Pines, St. Michael's Ct., Skyland, Timberland, Pineland, Alpine Peaks, Tahoe Park, Talmont, Tahoe Woods, Tahoe Tavern Heights, Cathedral, Olympic Circle and Comstock.
    • Zone 2 Tahoe City east to Agate Bay. Including the subdivisions of Tahoe City, Sierra Terrace, Star Harbor, Lake Forest, Panorama, Dollar Point, Tahoe Highlands, Fulton Acres, Old County, Fulton Crescent, Carnelian Circle, Ridgewood, Carnelian Heights and Agate Bay.
    • Zone 3 Agate Bay east to State Route # 267. This area includes the subdivisions of Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista, Stag, Tahoe Estates and Tall Trees.
    • Zone 4 Highway # 267 corridor. Subdivisions included are Kings Beach, Brockway, all Kingswood subdivisions, Ponderosa and Martis Valley. 
    • Zone 5 Consists of Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Cabin Creek Road.

Snow Berms

  • Don’t shovel or blow snow back into the roadway
  • Shovel berm next to the bank on the side of the road beyond your driveway before it freezes or is packed down.
  • Do not remove snow stakes - they are guides for snow plows
  • Place your trash cans in your driveway, behind the snow stakes
  • Mark circular or angled driveways to help snow plow operators avoid blocking them
  • Placer County utilizes “snow gates” on eight of its ten motor-graders to reduce (not eliminate) the size of driveway berms.
    • Trucks mounted with plows do not have snow gates.
    • Snow gates work best when there is less than 6” of snow on the road. 
    • Effectiveness decreases as snow depth increases. 
    • As a rule of thumb, snow gates will reduce the size of a driveway berm by one-half.
    • Snow gates are easily damaged by heavy Sierra snow. 
    • If damaged, you may see the grader continue to operate with the plow stuck in the up position. We do this to:
      • prevent further damage to the snow gate,
      • prevent the possibility of hydraulic oil leaks,
      • prevent damage to the grader that would not allow it to continue plowing. 
    • Snow gate demonstration video

Winter Parking

  • Parking is prohibited on roadway shoulders between November 1 and May 1 - County Ordinance (Chapter 10, Article 12, Part 1)
    • Reduces chance of damage to vehicle by snow removal equipment
    • Prevents slowing of snow removal operation
  • Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed/fined and/or towed.
  • Don't assume the outside edge of berm is edge of roadway - snow will be removed to the stakes.

More Information on county snow removal

Contact Placer County Public Works Roads Division

Email

Placer County Roads

Mailing Address

Placer County Public Works Roads Division
11428 F. Ave
Auburn, CA 95603

Office Address

Placer County Public Works Roads Division
11428 F. Ave
Auburn, CA 95603

Phone

530-581-6220 or 530-745-7565

Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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