Fresh powder: Storm dumps at least a foot of snow on Truckee, Tahoe ski resorts
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A fast-moving snowstorm blew through Truckee and dumped more than a foot of fresh powder at local ski resorts ahead of the weekend.
The wind-fueled storm moved in on Wednesday evening, Jan. 24, and before it cleared out on Thursday, Jan. 25, left at least 12 inches of snow on every mountain in the region.
“It was just a system that dropped down along the West Coast and came across the region,” said Scott McGuire, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Reno, on Thursday. “It packed a pretty good punch, and was quick moving.”
The biggest benefactor from the storm, which rode the back of wind gusts in excess of 50 mph, was Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge. resort is located in Norden on Sugar Bowl Road.
“14 inches of fresh snow,” the ski resort said in a message on its website.
Northstar California Resort reported on Thursday that it received 13 inches of snow overnight. That gave the mountain a base depth of 59 inches.
“It is very light and fluffy,” said Stephanie Myers, communications specialist for Northstar, which is located off State Route 267 in Truckee.
“We’ve got 13 inches at the summit (and) 11 at mid-mountain. It’s very fluffy, light, and beautiful.”
Northstar crews were assessing the new snowfall for safety before opening any new terrain, according to Myers on Thursday, and will have updates on its website at NorthstarCalifornia.com.
“Our teams are working very hard to make sure whatever we can get open is open,” Myers said. “When we get new snow our patrol has to go in and deem it safe. Once they do that … it will be a great guest experience, they’ll open it up.”
To the west of Truckee off of Interstate 80, Boreal Mountain Resort posted 12 inches of new snow as of Thursday morning. Over at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, which is located off of State Route 89, the resort reported a foot of new snow at each of its mountains.
Lake Tahoe’s western shore also picked up substantial snowfall. Homewood Mountain Resort, which is located along Lake Boulevard in Homewood, picked up 12 inches at its base and 18 inches of new snow at the summit for a season total of 67 inches.
On the other side of Lake Tahoe, Mount Rose Ski Tahoe said it received between 12 and 14 inches of fresh powder. The resort, which is located off of Mount Rose Highway, has the entire mountain open with the exception of its famed Chutes.
“It’s awesome up here,” said Mount Rose Snow Reporter Travis Holland on Thursday. “We’ve got about 14 inches at the top and 12 inches at the base.”
Looking ahead to the weekend, the forecast calls for mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies on Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27, in Truckee.
The high Friday should be near 34 degrees with a low around 18 degrees. The high Saturday should be near 46 degrees with a low of about 20 degrees.
The outlook brightens on Sunday, Jan. 28, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 50 degrees. There is no snow in the forecast through the rest of next week.