Add "Historic" to Tahoe's Epic Snowstorm

Forget inches, they are measuring in feet in the Sierra.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    North Lake Tahoe/Tom Zikas
    They are skiing toward the lake right now in Tahoe.

    Locals have been saying for days that the snow storm that hit the Sierra this past week is the biggest in decades.

    Now we have numbers to back that up.

    Alpine Meadows Ski Resort did a new measurement Wednesday morning and found 75-inches of new snow at its base lodge (elevation 6853') and 105-inches at its mid mountain snow stake (elevation 7500’). That is officially enough to make it the largest single storm to be recorded during the month of November in the resort’s history. 

    Rachael Woods with Alpine said the mountain changed literally overnight. "We’re thrilled with the snow conditions," Woods added.

    Air Canada Arrives!

    [BAY] Air Canada Arrives!
    Very cold, dry Canadian air has settled into the Bay Area leaving temperatures in the 20s and 30s for most of us this morning. With the cold, dry air expected to linger for the next couple of days we'll continue to see chances for morning frost followed by chilly afternoons. Things should stay dry until later on Friday when more clouds spill in and some rain resumes Friday night into Saturday. Things may turn a little interesting for areas in the North Bay if our next system arrives after dark and enough cold air is trapped in those inland valleys. This may yield some relatively low snow levels to start in a few spots in the North Bay early, then changing to rain at times for Saturday with more chilly temps. We should see breezy and clearing conditions return for Sunday. Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Holiday! - Rob Mayeda

    Squaw is also using the words "snow totals" and "record" in the same sentence. A senior manager there who is head of the vehicles says he hasn't seen this much snow before Thanksgiving since 1973.  The upper mountain received another 22-inches Tuesday bringing the cumulative total to a whopping 112-inches at 8,200'.

    You can add Boreal Mountain Resort to the epic list.  Workers there said Tuesday's storm ballooned its snow totals to a whopping nine-feet of new snow. The marketing guy is checking to see if that is a record, but how could it not be?

    Regardless of the history, while the snow came down white, it is sure to bring lots of green to the entire snow skiing region of Tahoe. The timing could not be better for the coming four day weekend as Bay Area residents bring their hard earned cash up I-80 to celebrate an early ski season.