Holiday Hangover: Mtn Passes, Resorts Closed Due to Blizzard Conditions, 2+ Feet of Snow Overnight

Holiday Hangover: Mtn Passes, Resorts Closed Due to Blizzard Conditions 2+ Feet of Snow Overnight

South Lake Tahoe, CA / Mike Peron

South Lake Tahoe, CA – Residents and visitors are waking up to blizzard conditions the morning after Christmas festivities for a December to remember.

Due to extreme winds, heavy snow, and whiteout visibility multiple highway closures are being reported by Caltrans and Nevada DOT. As of 7:55am, highways 50, 80, 88, 89, 431 are all completely closed in both directions with no estimated time of opening. 9:45am update: All still closed.

Lake Tahoe ski resorts are reporting a range of 14 – 34″ of new snow in the past 24 hours with about two feet of that coming overnight giving operations crews a hefty challenge. Kirkwood, Palisades Tahoe, Sugarbowl and Mt Rose announced they will be fully closed for the day and all other resorts have an uphill battle of getting the lower mountain lifts spinning with all upper mountain operations closed. Here are the 24 hour snow totals as reported at 8:00am on Dec. 26:

The 5-day storm total is 71 inches respectively, and the December total stacks up at 155 inches so far. Only 25 more inches are needed by the end of the month to break the December record of 179″!

The NWS has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect until Dec. 28 at 1:00am with up to three feet of additional snow accumulations, wind gusts of 100 mph, widespread whiteout conditions and extreme avalanche danger.

We will continue to update you on this storm as it develops!

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