Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts report 2 feet of snow with much more on way; Nevada County declares emergency

Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts report 2 feet of snow with much more on way; Nevada County declares emergency

A Palisades Tahoe vehicle stuck in the snow.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. – The latest snowstorm to hit the Truckee-Tahoe region dropped about 2 feet of snow in the past 24 hours, prompting a state of emergency and the closure of highways and schools Tuesday, and much more snow could be in the offing. road.

Tahoe ski resorts are reporting up to 2 feet of snow, some a little more, some a little less, and the National Weather Service in Reno has a winter weather advisory in place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday for more accumulation, including 2 to 5 inches at lake level and 5 to 10 inches above 7,000 feet. Evening commute may be affected. Strong winds are expected to gust up to 70 mph, which could lead to extensive tree damage, according to the service.

According to the Tahoe Snow App, Heavenly Mountain Resort has received 26 inches of snow in the past 24 hours with Palisades Tahoe reporting 21 inches, Kirkwood Mountain Resort 19, Sierra-at-Tahoe 16 and Northstar California reporting the most at 27 inches.

Palisades Tahoe has received more than 7 feet of snow since January 1st.
Available/Palisades Tahoe/Blake Kessler Media

Interstate 80 was closed Tuesday due to whiteout conditions and has since reopened, and chains and/or snow tires are required on most Truckee-Tahoe freeways except from the “Y” at South Lake Tahoe to Stateline at US- 50 and for several miles on SR-89 near Tahoma.

For road conditions, call 511 or visit Caltrans Quickmap or

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency Tuesday due to recent winter storms that have brought significant rain, strong winds and significant snowfall to higher elevations, resulting in damage to county roads for due to fallen trees, debris flows and channel failure. .

“Our Public Works team has been working 24/7 to keep the roads safe and the sewage systems running,” said Community Development Agency Director Trisha Tillotson. “Last night, our road crews responded quickly and had a road reopened within two hours of a report that a tree fell on a power line overnight. Since the storms began in late December, our wastewater team has treated over 20 million gallons of wastewater and worked the equivalent of 40 days of overtime to keep our systems running. Please drive safely and slowly and report problems to us so we can respond quickly.”

Nevada County joined 18 others in California that have declared local emergencies due to the series of winter storms, in addition to state and federal emergency declarations. A local declaration of emergency allows the county to respond more effectively to winter storm impacts, request and use mutual aid as needed, obtain state and federal funding where available, and ensure the county has the means to necessary to withstand continuous weather events.

And the constant weather will continue.

After the weaker storm on Wednesday, Tahoe will get a brief break from stormy weather Thursday into Friday.

The utility said it could be a good time to “Take advantage of this break to clean gutters and downspouts, and replenish supplies before a series of storms affect the region this weekend into early next week.”

The service expects a series of storms to move into the region starting Friday, bringing the potential for significant travel impacts. Flurries of moderate to heavy snow are expected in the Sierra through the weekend with many feet of snow possible.

More storms remain possible through next week.

The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services is encouraging residents to stay prepared, tips include:

Fill up your personal vehicle and make sure you have fuel for your generator Check on your neighbors Stay tuned to trusted news sources, such as local media and government agencies Make sure you have enough groceries for 72 hours Make sure you have a secondary way to heat the house. mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc. Call 211, not 911, for non-emergencies Sign up for emergency alerts through CodeRED by visiting, texting ReadyNevadaCounty to 99411 and following the link, or calling 211 for help from the Point Call Agent Link. Avoid flooded roads and never attempt to cross a flooded road Be aware of flooding concerns along waterways and low-lying areas. Avoid the burn wound from the river fire, as there is a potential for debris flow in this area. strong winds Use sandbags to mitigate flooding on your property. Nevada County has free sandbags at four locations, and they are first come, first served: www, trees or flooding on maintained county roads at by calling 530-265-1411 Report sewer overflows, spills or flashing lights at wastewater facilities by calling 530-265-1555 to help us prevent or address spills. Do not open sewer drains or break pipes to drain storm water.

Residents can also learn more about winter weather preparedness at Follow the Office of Emergency Services on Twitter @NevCoOES and Facebook @NevadaCountyOES for updates and tips on how to prepare.

Nevada County Public Works works with local agencies to reopen roads during recent storms.
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