Storm update: I-80 reopens, Truckee-Tahoe area under winter storm warning until 4 p.m. |

Storm update: I-80 reopens, Truckee-Tahoe area under winter storm warning until 4 p.m.

After roughly 24 hours of being closed, Interstate 80 was reopened over Donner Pass this morning. R2 chain controls are in place.
Courtesy of California Highway Patrol Truckee

The Truckee-Tahoe area remains under a winter storm warning until 4 p.m. today, as snow continues to accumulate in the region.

An additional 2-5 inches of snow could fall by afternoon in the greater Lake Tahoe area, according to the National Weather Service Office in Reno, which cautioned against travel in the area due to potential whiteout conditions.

“Snowfall rates and winds will create periods of zero visibility,” the weather service said in its winter storm warning. “The hazardous conditions will impact commutes through the entire warning period. Increasing winds Wednesday combining with the new powdery snow could create a ground blizzard … avoid travel if possible.”

Interstate 80 reopens

After roughly 24 hours of being closed in both directions from Applegate to the Nevada state line, the California Department of Transportation reopened Interstate 80 just before 10 a.m. this morning.

Requirement 2 chain controls are in place, according to the department, with a speed limit of 30 mph. Requirement 2 chain controls are also effect in both directions on Highway 89 between Truckee and Tahoe City. Controls are in place on Highway 267 between Truckee and Kings Beach as well.

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Snow totals

Many of the area’s ski resorts reported around 3 feet of fresh snow in the past 24 hours, bringing storm totals above 6 feet for several local mountains.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows began the morning with all lifts on hold, according to a post from the resort’s mountain operations, due to high avalanche danger. Squaw said it received 35 inches of snow at its upper mountain in the past 24 hours for a storm total of 77 inches. Alpine Meadows had 35 inches of snow as well for the past 24 hours, giving the resort 68 inches of new snow since Friday night. Both mountains currently have lifts spinning.

Northstar California Resorts picked up 34 inches of snow in the last 24 hours for a total of 72 inches since Friday night. Northstar reported it has 15 lifts spinning this morning.

With Interstate 80 reopened, Boreal Mountain California is spinning its lifts with 40 inches of fresh snow from the past 24 hours, giving the mountain a storm total of 6 feet. Nearby, Sugar Bowl gained 34 inches of snow since yesterday, bringing the mountain’s storm total to 75 inches.

Around the lake, Homewood said it has received 76 inches of snow since last Friday, Heavenly is at 75 inches for the set of storms, and Diamond Peak said it gained 65 inches of new snow.

Down in Incline Village, a weather reporter for the National Weather Service reported 19 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, while an observer in Tahoe City reported 23 inches of new snow since yesterday.

TTUSD announces second snow day

For the second day in a row, schools in the Truckee-Tahoe area are closed due to the winter storm.

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District announced a snow day for Tuesday, Jan. 5, canceling all school activities unless otherwise noted.

Avalanche danger

Considerable avalanche danger exists at all elevations, said the Sierra Avalanche Center in Truckee in its daily forecast, due to widespread wind slabs and some storm slabs.

The center cautioned that more avalanche fatalities occur at the Considerable Danger rating than at higher danger ratings.

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