Tahoe records nearly 2 feet of snow with more on the way

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LAST December, 9:43 am The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab in Soda Springs off Interstate 80 said it has recorded 19.7 inches of snow since a cold front swept northern California on Wednesday and dumped heavy snow into the Sierra on Thursday.

Conditions were calm in the Tahoe Basin area Friday morning, but the lab, which is located at about 2,700 feet, said more snow is expected Saturday through Monday with a second cold front on the way. The lab expects another 18 to 36 inches with the second storm.

Palisades Tahoe said 21 inches of snow were measured.

LAST December 1, 11:13 PM

Interstate 80 has reopened in both directions from the Nevada state line to Alta, CHP Truckee tweeted Thursday evening.

However, CHP Truckee said large rigs are still being bounced.

South Lake Tahoe is blanketed in snow on Nov. 8, with a winter storm warning in effect for Lake Tahoe and the Nevada mountains.

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December 1, 3:45 p.m

Interstate 80 is now closed, from Alta, about 30 miles northeast of Auburn, to the Nevada state line “due to high winds and poor visibility over Donner Summit,” CHP Truckee posted on Twitter. The agency is turning drivers away in both directions, though Truckee residents are allowed through with identification.

“PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL I-80 in the Sierra today unless you absolutely have to,” Caltrans warned.

At this time, there is no estimated time when the highway will reopen.

December 1, 12:45 p.m

The Truckee office of the California Highway Patrol said Thursday that it was responding to several spinouts and major oil rigs on Interstate 80 while the highway was covered in snow.

CHP reported a temporary closure at 11:30 a.m. on I-80 in both directions from Boca to Alta due to a heavy drilling rig. Westbound I-80 was also closed for about an hour in the afternoon due to a similar situation, CHP said.

Snow poured into California’s Sierra Nevada on Thursday as a cold front swept the region.

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab reported 5.7 inches of snow fell overnight, and it expects another 20 to 30 inches Thursday and the weekend, “the perfect start to winter,” the lab said. wrote on Twitter.

December 1, 7:35 AM

Officials warned of dangerous driving conditions and avalanches in California’s Sierra Nevada and Tahoe on Thursday morning as a cold front swept across the mountain range. A second system is expected to push snowfall through the weekend, the National Weather Service said.

“The snow is falling,” said Scott Rowe, a meteorologist with the Weather Service. “Chain checking is being done. We’ve seen a few reports of ski resorts reporting their first few inches of snow. It’s going to pile up over the course of the day. There will be a period of very heavy snowfall in the next few hours that’s likely to happen between 8 a.m. and 12 a.m. We’re talking 2 to 4 inches an hour. Today is going to be a really bad travel day.”

An avalanche watch was issued Thursday morning for the Central Sierra, including the Tahoe Basin, that will remain in effect through 7 a.m. Friday. A watch, advising people to be prepared, is less serious than a warning.



“Heavy snowfall and gale-force winds will overload the weak snowpack and create very dangerous avalanche conditions,” the Sierra Avalanche Center said. “Widespread, large natural and man-made avalanches are very likely in exposed and sheltered terrain at all elevations.”

The center advised people not to travel on, under or near steep slopes.

Officials are warning of dangerous driving conditions in the Sierra over the weekend. The chain check went into effect at 3:15 a.m. on Highway 80 between Truckee and Eagle Lakes

“Back-to-back winter storms will bring periods of very difficult to impossible travel across the Sierra passes through Sunday,” the weather service said.

Meteorologists forecast heavy snow Thursday with showers abating Friday, providing a potential window for travel. Saturday morning will likely be clear and dry, but a second round of snow is expected that evening and will last through Sunday, the weather service said.

“The main thing that has changed since yesterday is the timing of our winter storm warning,” Rowe said. Now for the Sierra, the winter storm warning expires tonight [instead of Friday morning]. Most of Friday should be good. Sunday could be a challenging day for people trying to leave the Sierra.”

The weather service shared cross-sections for several well-traveled highways, revealing how much snow is expected to pile up at key roadside locations Wednesday through Friday.

Snow-covered roads on Interstate 80 East Donner Summit via Caltrans CCTV

Snow-covered roads on Interstate 80 East Donner Summit via Caltrans CCTV

Caltrans

For example, along Highway 80, Alta is predicted to measure 6 to 8 inches, Donner Summit 18 to 24, and Truckee 12 to 18. On Highway 120, the entrance to Yosemite National Park could measure 12 to 18 inches, Tenaya Lake 24 to 30, and Tiogapas 18 to 24.

The second storm arriving Saturday is expected to bring several more feet of snow, Rowe said. “The highest elevations could be up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) in both storms,” ​​he said. “At pass level, we see 3 to 4 feet across those two storms.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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