I've rented a Subaru Outback AWD for our trip to Heavenly March 9-14, coming from Sacramento Airport.
I'm certainly no stranger to driving in horrible snow and icy conditions, that's four months of the year around here, but not often in the mountains. If there is a snow advisory in effect when we arrive, would it be better to go in through Truckee and then south, or is the route worse around the lake?? If we take 50, is there any chance of getting turned back at some point, or do they close the road to all but locals before you get to the mountainous area?
I just can't tell how difficult the drive would be in a storm, and am concerned that if we stay in Sacramento overnight, will it still be bad the next day?? I don't want to miss a night (or two) in Tahoe if we can avoid it. Are the highways sanded, or just plowed? If our flight is on time, we'll be starting out from Sacramento by about 2 pm, planning to arrive before dark.
In case of snow, we'll have to make the decision on what to do at the airport. Is the Caltrans internet site (I'll have a laptop) updated frequently, or is there a number to call? Any advice is appreciated.