Lake Tahoe weather: Ski resorts report more than foot of fresh snow Wednesday |

Lake Tahoe weather: Ski resorts report more than foot of fresh snow Wednesday

Kevin MacMillan
A snowcat smiles in glee midday Tuesday at Sugar Bowl Resort at Donner Summit as the latest winter storm continued to bring snow to the greater Truckee-Tahoe region.
Courtesy Sugar Bowl Resort |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — More than a foot of snow has fallen by Wednesday morning at upper Sierra Nevada elevations throughout the Truckee-Tahoe area, according to the region’s ski resorts.

Northstar California, located between Lake Tahoe and Truckee, got the most snow with November’s latest winter storm. According to the resort’s snow report as of 7 a.m. on its website, 16 inches of snow fell in the last 24 hours, making for a season total so far of 53 inches.

South of Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort also reported 16 inches of fresh from the storm, according to a news release from Vail Resorts.

Sugar Bowl Resort at Donner Summit, meanwhile, reported 15 inches as of 6:30 a.m. had fallen at 8,383 feet, with 9 inches at 6,883 feet.

The region was under a winter storm warning from noon Tuesday to 4 a.m Wednesday, and snow began to fall heavily not long after the warning began. Gusting winds at ground level at 35 to 45 mph added to drift depths.

In Nevada, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe reported between 12-15 inches of snow from the storm had fallen by midday Wednesday, bringing the resort’s season snowfall total to 33 to 43 inches.

Back in California, Squaw Valley reported 10 inches of new snow the past 24 hours up top, while neighboring Alpine Meadows saw 9 inches fall. Both resorts are reporting a season total so far at 8,000 feet of 39 inches.

On the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, Homewood Mountain Resort reported 9 inches of new snow the past 24 hours, while Diamond Peak in Incline Village on the Nevada side of the lake reported 6 inches, bringing its season total so far to 29 inches.

Heavenly Mountain Resort at South Lake Tahoe also reported 6 inches of new snow as of Wednesday morning, according to Val Resorts.

At lake and ground level, plenty of snow fell, especially on Tahoe’s West Shore, and in Truckee, with anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of fresh greeting residents Wednesday morning.

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, snow is expected to fall off and on into Thanksgiving weekend, with as many as 1 to 3 inches possible Wednesday, and intermittent showers into the weekend.

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