Sierra storm brings Tahoe snow, flooding, major travel headaches |

Sierra storm brings Tahoe snow, flooding, major travel headaches

Flooding in the Yuba River created an ice dam in the afternoon on Sunday that forced the closure of Soda Springs Road.
Courtesy George Lamson |

Ski resort snow totals*

Mt. Rose: 39 inches

Sierra-at-Tahoe: 28 inches

Northstar California: 24 inches

Homewood: 23 inches

Heavenly: 23 inches

Kirkwood: 23 inches

Squaw Valley: 19 inches

Alpine Meadows: 19 inches

Sugar Bowl: 17 inches

Boreal: 15 inches

Diamond Peak: 9 inches

* Totals are as reported by each resort Monday morning, stemming from accumulation recorded Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit for full updates.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Mother Nature bore down with a vengeance this weekend throughout the Reno-Tahoe-Truckee region, bringing feet of snow, inches of rain, flooding and multiple wrecks.

As of Monday morning, ski resorts throughout the region reported an average of 1 to 2 feet of snow, although Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe was the big winner, reporting 39 inches of snow from Friday-Saturday-Sunday.

The Reno area in general was hard hit Saturday and Sunday, as more than 1 foot of snow fell in some locations, making for a very icy commute Monday morning. Reno-area schools were on a 2-hour delay due to the slick conditions.

Up at Lake Tahoe-Truckee, Incline Village schools and those in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District operated normally as conditions there were not as icy or dangerous.

Sunday was also the worst day in terms of travel and conditions throughout the region.

Interstate 80 near the eastern end of Truckee was closed for more than two hours after 25 cars and 4 semi trucks got into a pileup at about 3 p.m. amid snowy conditions near the Hirschdale exit. Vehicles suffered minor damage.

According to the Truckee office of the California Highway Patrol, a total of 44 people were involved in the 29-vehicle wreck, with no significant injures.

All vehicles headed westbound were turned around at the Gold Ranch exit, while cars heading east were held at Hirschdale.

Farther west, flooding in the Yuba River created an ice dam in the afternoon that forced the closure of Soda Springs Road, cutting off several hundred residents of Serene Lakes, a community in the Donner Summit area of the Sierra Nevada, officials said.

No major injuries were reported.

As for water content, where it didn’t snow, it rained, especially Friday when the Tahoe-Truckee region at lake level saw heavy rain all day before it turned to snow overnight.

In all, Lake Tahoe gained 7.89 billion gallons of water from the Friday-Saturday storm, according to the National Weather Service.

That estimate was 24,200 acre-feet of water as of 9 a.m. Saturday, NWS-Reno Meteorologist Scott McGuire said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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