Tahoe resorts receive 2 feet of snow, to have delayed openings; More snow on way

A view of Lake Tahoe Sunday morning from Heavenly Mountain Resort.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Snow fell through the day on Saturday at Lake Tahoe with area resorts reporting more than 2 feet of powder Sunday morning with possibly more on the way.

The National Weather Service in Reno has a winter storm warning in effect through 10 a.m. Tuesday for the Truckee-Tahoe region. The updated warning is calling for 8 to 18 inches of snow at lake level and 1 to 3 feet above 7,000 feet.

Travel is slow going this morning with chain controls in effect on all Tahoe highways except for a stretch from the “Y” in South Lake Tahoe to Stateline and from the “Y” to Camp Richardson, according to

Heavenly Mountain Resort received about 16 inches of snow and said it will have a delayed opening and is advising guests to wait at home until the resort opens.

“We will likely have a delayed opening today,” Heavenly tweeted. “Please wait at home for our lifts to open and do not arrive early to hang out. There is plenty of snow to be had, take it slow, and safe.”

Sierra-at-Tahoe will also have a delayed opening as it digs out from the 2 feet if received in the past 24 hours.

Getting to Kirkwood Mountain Resort from Lake Tahoe is impossible due to snow closing SR-88 2 miles east of Kirkwood to 5 miles west of Picketts Junction at Carson Pass.

The service expects a lull in the stormy weather through most of Sunday and another burst of heavy snow late tonight into Monday morning likely impacting Martin Luther King Jr. holiday travel.

The service advises against traveling due to the chances of being stuck in the vehicle for many hours while waiting for roads to be cleared and weather to let up. 

If traveling be prepared with an emergency kit with extra food, water, clothing and tire chains. 

For road conditions, call 511 or visit or

The service said the storm Sunday night into Monday is tracking south with possibly more impressive snowfall amounts towards Mammoth.

“Area passes and the Lake Tahoe Basin, as well as areas south of US-50 could see impactful snowfall totals before this storm clears the region overnight Monday,” the service said.

Later in the week, a quick-hitting storm entering the region on Wednesday evening has the potential to drop snow at all elevations. Although significant snowfall amounts are not expected, travel disruptions are possible.

After Thursday morning, the service said high pressure will lead to a dry end of the week into the weekend but could lead to a wind event creating hazardous conditions on the lake and impacting ski resort operations.

A view of a snowy U.S. Highway 50 at Cave Rock.

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