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Lake Tahoe weather: 2 feet of new snow reported Sunday up top

Staff report

A look at Northstar early Sunday morning. The resort reported 13 inches of fresh snow.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE — Ski resorts around Lake Tahoe received a healthy amount of snow Saturday, with some reporting as much as 2 feet at higher elevations.

Heavenly, which opened this past Wednesday, reported 18 inches of snow over the past 24 hours, while Sierra-at-Tahoe reported 2 feet of new snow over the past 24 hours. Sierra opened on Saturday.

Kirkwood reported 14 inches, meanwhile, while Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows reported 15 new inches of snow and Boreal reported 16 inches.

While the recent snowfall is welcome news to area resorts, skiers and snowboarders, a five-day forecast form opensnow.com paints a less ideal picture, at least for the next several days. Most areas can expect a couple more inches today and into Monday morning, but there is no snow expected through Thursday, Dec. 1.

"So after the snow this weekend we could have 10+ days of dry weather, but it should stay cold," opensnow.com snow forecaster Bryan Allegretto wrote in a Saturday morning post. "The snow guns will have to take back over the snow coverage process."

The snow is making travel on Sunday difficult, with chains and snow tires required on all highway passes, and slick conditions elsewhere.

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“It’s a beautiful, snowy day in Truckee,” the Truckee Police Department stated Sunday morning. “If you are driving in town, slow down, give yourself extra time and watch out for snow removal equipment on the roads. If you are playing in the snow, do not play on or near roads. This can have disastrous and fatal consequences.”