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Lake Tahoe weather: 1-3 feet of snow; 6.39 billion gallons of water recorded

Kevin MacMillan
kmacmillan@sierrasun.com
A look at workers clearing wet snow Tuesday morning at Northstar California, which reported 34 inches of new snow up top.
Courtesy Northstar California |

Tahoe snow totals

Below is a look at snow totals reported the past 24 hours, as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at high elevation spots from regional ski resort websites:

Kirkwood: 37 inches

Heavenly: 36 inches

Squaw Valley: 36 inches

Alpine Meadows: 34 inches

Northstar: 34 inches

Sugar Bowl: 31 inches

Boreal: 28 inches

Sierra at Tahoe: 26 inches

Mt. Rose: 24 inches

Diamond Peak: 9 inches

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The latest winter storm to the hit the region pulled double duty by blanketing ski resorts with 1-3 feet of snow — and dousing Lake Tahoe with several billion gallons of water.

Yes, you read that correctly — several BILLION gallons of water.

According to statistics taken between 12:01 a.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday from the National Weather Service in Reno, Lake Tahoe’s water level rose 1.92 inches.

That’s equivalent to 19,600 acre feet of water, according to NWS — or, 6.39 billion gallons, in a span of roughly 30 hours.

According to NWS, the West Shore of Lake Tahoe saw the most rain at lake level, with 2.55 inches reported in Tahoma. Further, 2.47 inches of rain fell in Sierraville, with 2.32 inches in Tahoe City and 2.18 inches at Truckee Tahoe Airport.

Lake Tahoe’s water level as of noon Tuesday was at 6221.60 feet.

It’s a welcome reprieve to a region that’s suffering amid the four-plus-year Western drought.

Tahoe’s natural rim is 6,223 feet, however, meaning that while the Monday-Tuesday storm helped, the region still has a long way to go to make up for the past four mild winters.

While it rained at the lake and at ground level in Truckee, it still snowed heavy, wet snow at higher elevations, bringing anywhere from 1 to 3 feet of snow to the region’s ski resorts.

And, it appears more snow is in the forecast. According to NWS, a smaller storm is predicted to bring an extra 5-10 inches of snow to higher elevations on Thursday, Christmas Eve.

This is expected to be lighter, powdery snow, as NWS forecasts a severe drop in temperatures heading into the weekend — including a low of minus 6 the night of Christmas, Dec. 25.


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