Winter storm brings wet, heavy snow to Tahoe Basin, resulting in power outages

Outage map as of Sunday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Lake Tahoe has seen an immense amount of snowfall in the past 48 hours. A winter storm warning has been effect since Friday evening, and will stay in effect until early Monday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, heavy snow is expected to continue throughout Sunday, with an additional 5-10” expected below 7,000 feet, and 10-20” expected above 7,000 feet for the Lake Tahoe Basin. With the wet, heavy snow that has coated Lake Tahoe, power is out in some areas of North Lake Tahoe with mixed times for power restoration expected, according to Liberty Utilities’ website. Due to power outages, Lake Tahoe ski resorts are opening later than expected as well.

“Wind and snow will impact operations today,” a social media post from Heavenly Ski Resort read as of 8:28 A.M. “Our on-mountain teams are continuing snow safety work. We are aiming for an estimated opening time of 11 A.M.”

Sierra-At-Tahoe also posted to social media expecting a delayed opening as of 7:15 A.M. on Sunday morning.

While Highway 80 remains closed from Colfax, Calif. to the Nevada stateline due to no visibility, Highway 50 is open with chain control from Placerville, Calif. as well as Spooner Summit is open with chain control.

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