First snow of fall hits Sierra Nevada

The first snow of fall hit the region this past weekend, dropping 4 inches of fresh snow at the upper mountain areas of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
Courtesy of Brandon Skinner / Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

The Truckee-Tahoe area was hit with stormy weather last weekend, bringing snow, rain, and freezing temperatures to the region.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows reported a total of 4 inches of snow at the resort’s upper mountain areas, while the National Weather Service office in Reno said more than 3 inches of snow fell in Tahoe City.

The stormy weather created havoc for travelers as several collisions on Interstate 80, east of Truckee, caused a full closure of the westbound lane for roughly an hour on Sunday. Conditions also delayed the start of the finals of the Spartan World Championship at Squaw Valley by two hours.

Snow continued to fall in the region on Monday morning, prompting the California Department of Transportation to issue chain controls on Interstate 80 and Interstate 50.

Freezing temperatures are in the forecast for the remainder of the week, according to the National Weather Service, with lows hovering in the 20s. The daytime high in Truckee on Tuesday is forecast to be 51 degrees. Temperatures will rise toward the end of the week with highs hovering in the mid 60s.

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.