TAHOE/TRUCKEE - As residents and business owners continue to prepare for major floods that may occur along the Truckee river and other streams throughout the Truckee/Tahoe basin on Sunday and Monday, resorts are reporting impressive early season snow totals that could serve as a solid base for the coming ski season.
According to its online conditions report at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Northstar California is leading the way, reporting more than 2 feet of snow over the past two days, and 3 inches the last 24 hours. It boasts 60 inches of snow at the summit (8,610 feet), with 18 inches at its base (6,329 feet).
Below is a list of some other Tahoe ski resort storm and base totals as of early Sunday morning:
Alpine Meadows: 14 inches of new snow last 24 hours; 37 inches at the mountain summit (8,637 feet), 12 inches at base (6,835 feet).
Heavenly: 1 inch of new snow last 24 hours; 39 inches at the mountain summit (10,066 feet), 28 inches at base (6,564 feet).
Kirkwood: 1 inch of new snow last 24 hours; 46 inches at the mountain summit (9,800 feet), 32 inches at base (7,800 feet).
Mt. Rose: 1 inch of new snow last 24 hours; 47 inches at the mountain summit (9,700 feet), 25 inches at base (8,260 feet).
Sierra-at-Tahoe: 3 inches of new snow last 24 hours; 52 inches at the mountain summit (8,852 feet), 12 inches at base (6,639 feet).
Squaw Valley: 20 inches of new snow last 24 hours; 54 inches at the mountain summit (8,200 feet), 2 inches at base (6,200 feet).
Sugar Bowl: 0 inches last 24 hours; 40 inches at the mountain summit (8,383 feet), 10 inches at base (6,883 feet).
The Tahoe region currently is under a winter storm warning until 4 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service in Reno reports; 10-16 inches of snow is forecast above 7,000 feet, with two feet or more possible above 8,000 feet.
For extended snow reports for all Tahoe ski resorts, visit www.onthesnow.com or their respective websites. Look for updated snowfall totals Monday morning at www.sierrasun.com.