May 16, 2022

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The Car & Automotive Devotees

Gas stations, grocers hustle in Tahoe, Reno as snow keeps on

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Lisa Baldwin’s customers have been loading diapers, dog food and bread onto their sleds like Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. 

After historic snowfall in the Lake Tahoe area over the past two days, Baldwin, who manages Z Market Place outside of Truckee, said she’s doing everything possible to make sure shoppers leave with what they need. 

Many of her customers can’t make it by car. They’ve been walking to the cozy mart from their homes and vacation rentals, backpacks and bags in tow. 

“Yay! My bread truck made it!” said Baldwin on Wednesday morning as the flakes kept falling outside. 

After the region plowed past a 51-year snowfall record, grocers and convenience stores alike have been inundated with people trying to make sure they have enough food for their homes and fuel for their cars. 

Heavy snow along Highway 50 caused eastbound traffic to back up for miles in Pollock Pines, Calif., Dec. 28, 2021. Some motorists were able to exit their cars occasionally to stretch their legs.

In South Lake Tahoe, a number of gas stations were reporting empty pumps as bumper-to-bumper traffic passed by. The town of Meyers was completely out of gas by mid-morning, according to city officials.

“The most important thing that people can do is delay their travel so that it’s safe for travel,” said Lindsey Baker, spokeswoman for the city of South Lake Tahoe. “People just need to be patient. Only essential traffic is advised at this time, and if you have to travel, you need to know you’re not going to get anywhere fast.”