Truckee gears up in wake of storm |

Truckee gears up in wake of storm

The California Department of Transportation said Friday, Nov. 3 that chain controls on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit and U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit should be anticipated.

The early winter storm socking it to the Sierra is bringing needed rain and welcome snow to drought stricken areas of the Sierra and northern Nevada.As much as a foot of snow was expected at Lake Tahoe and 2 to 4 feet in the higher elevations by late Wednesday according to Meteorologist Mark Deutschendorf of the National Weather Service forecast office in Reno. Snow was forecast to reach the valley floors around Reno and Carson City at some point Wednesday morning.Since 2 a.m. Wednesday, crews at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District have been busy responding to power outages across town. Outages were reported in Tahoe Donner, Donner Lake, Glenshire, Sierra Meadows, Gateway and on Prosser Dam Road.

Peter Holzmeister, the district’s general manager, estimated that up to 300 customers had lost power temporarily because of the storm as falling trees and the weight of the snow took a toll on power lines.Meanwhile, plows and sand trucks with the Town of Truckee’s Public Works Department were busy since 4 a.m. with bus routes and major thoroughfares being the first priority. Tamara Blanton, Town of Truckee administrative assistant, said the high water content in the snow was delaying crews trying to clear the roadways, but the snow has been peeling off street surface well. The town hopes to have all the roads plowed at least once by 5 p.m. this evening.The early snow was welcomed by employees at the ski resorts in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

“The mountain’s covered and it looks really great,” said Scott Davidson, manager of the Granite Chief winter sports store in Olympic Valley. He said customers were already bringing skis in to get tuned or are talking about buying skis, snowboards or snow boots.”People are starting to think about winter,” Davidson said. “The excitement is in the air.”Some of those skiers and riders may get the chance to use their equipment as soon as tomorrow if managers at Boreal Ski Resort decide to open their doors after receiving 36 inches of new snow from the storm.

Ben Leech, the Public Relations manager for Boreal, said that skiers and snowboarders interested in getting in the first turns of the season should check out Boreal’s Web site – – for updates on the mountain’s opening schedule.As for the rest of the week, the storm, which brought winds gusting to nearly 60 mph and dumped rain from the California coast to the mountains, was about two months ahead of schedule, according to the National Weather Service. But forecasters say it’s too early to tell whether it means the region is in for a wetter winter.Lake Tahoe and most of the mountain regions south and west of Carson City and north and west of Reno remained under a winter storm warning through Wednesday morning.At the National Weather Service office in Reno, Deutschendorf predicted that the storm should taper off by mid-day Wednesday with partial clearing on Thursday and Friday. However, another storm was brewing in the Pacific and was expected to result in moderate rains up and down the California coast Saturday and Sunday, followed by more severe rains and snow in the mountains Monday and Tuesday.

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