Highways, ski resorts closed; 18-45 inches of snowfall Thursday night
Tahoe Daily Tribune
TRUCKEE/TAHOE – Miracle March, indeed.
Snow continues to hammer the Lake Tahoe region Friday morning, continuing the shutdown of main highways and ski resorts and setting up the weekend for – you guessed it more snow.
Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl and Mt. Rose are among the ski resorts closed Friday due to heavy snow, avalanche danger and/or high winds.
Interstate 80 from the Nevada line down to the Sierra foothills remains closed Friday, as does U.S. Highway 395 in California. According to the California Highway Patrol, it’s unclear when the roads may be reopened.
Chain and snowtire restrictions are in effect along all regional paths, including highways 28, 89, 267 and 431. For updated road conditions, visit http://www.sierrasun.com/roadconditions.
Avalanche danger is at “high” (a 4 out of 5 on a scale of most dangerous), according to the Sierra Avalanche Center. For more updates, visit http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.com.
As for snowfall totals as of Friday morning, here’s just a sampling of what fell over night, according to each ski resort’s website:
• Heavenly Mountain Resort: 50 inches of snow in the past 48 hours
• Kirkwood Mountain Resort: 62-67 inches of snow in the past 48 hours
• Sierra-at-Tahoe: 34 inches in the past 24 hours
• Sugar Bowl: At the peak, 36 inches of new snow the past 24 hours.
• Squaw Valley USA: At upper mountain, 45 inches of new snow the past 24 hours.
• Alpine Meadows: At upper mountain, 40 inches of new snow the past 24 hours.
• Northstar-at-Tahoe: At the summit, 32 inches of new snow the past 24 hours.
• Diamond Peak: 18 inches of snow the past 24 hours.
According to the National Weather Service in Reno, after the current winter storm warning ends at 11 a.m. Friday, a winter weather advisory will be in effect from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Another 10 to 18 inches of new snow is possible above 7,000 feet by Saturday night, NWS reports. Below is an extended forecast from http://www.noaa.gov.
Today: Snow showers and widespread blowing snow. High near 34. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Tonight: Snow showers likely and widespread blowing snow before 11pm, then snow showers after 11pm. Low around 25. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Saturday: Snow. High near 38. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 20 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Saturday Night: Snow showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Sunday: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a low around 20. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 42.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 54.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 54.
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