More than 3 feet of new snow to Tahoe, 6 feet at higher elevations |

More than 3 feet of new snow to Tahoe, 6 feet at higher elevations

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE and#8212; The region should get a short respite this weekend, after the series of storms that brought more than 3 feet of new snow at lake level.

The National Weather Service in Reno has the Tahoe City total for the week at 39 inches, with 12 inches from the last storm Thursday. On Donner Summit, Randall Osterhuber of the Central Sierra Snow Lab said the week’s total is 70 inches, or just under 6 feet, with 31 new inches since Wednesday.

and#8220;We’re well above last year, and a little above average for this date,and#8221; Osterhuber said.

Rudy Cruz from the National Weather Service said Tahoe City’s monthly total is 51 inches.

and#8220;The storm system is exiting right now, so we’ll have scattered snow showers today and Saturday,and#8221; Cruz said.

And chance of snow picks right up again Sunday afternoon, becoming more likely Sunday night, with a chance of rain and snow on Monday, Cruz said.

Avalanche danger reached and#8220;highand#8221; levels during the storms, but is now back down to considerable, according to the Sierra Avalanche Center, meaning natural avalanches are possible, and human-triggered avalanches are probable.

While things went smoothly at the beginning of the week out on the roads and in town, considering the storm and end of Martin Luther King Jr. Day traffic, the region’s luck caught up Thursday, when a big rig accident had west-bound Interstate 80 closed from about 1:45 p.m. to after 10:30 p.m., keeping cars east of the summit for nearly nine hours.

The pileup, involving a semi truck that caught on fire and at least 20 other vehicles didn’t result in any injuries, reported the Associated Press.

In Truckee the power went out for nearly 7,000 customers for about an hour Thursday afternoon, according to the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, when a Sierra Pacific line took out a Truckee substation for Donner Lake and Tahoe Donner residents.