Natural Avalanche CLOSES Access Road To Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, CA

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Image of avalanche debris across Alpine Meadows road today. image: Mark Fisher

***UPDATE at 11:49am:

The natural avalanche that came down on Alpine Meadows Road while the road was open has been cleared and the road has reopened.

***Original Aricle:

A natural avalanche came down across Alpine Meadows road today, February 26th 2019,  at around 10:45am.

This is the road that allows access to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA.

Alpine Meadows Road was open when the natural avalanche came down.

As of right now, we don’t know if anyone was injured or involved in the avalanche.

These avalanches often hit homes in the area and cause damage as they did in 2017.

Image of house hit by avalanche on Alpine Meadows Road in 2017. image: Melissa Siig/Moonshine Ink

Alpine Meadows road was closed for avalanche control this morning from about 7am until about 8:30am.

We will update with more information as it becomes available.

A “major Pacific storm” is currently hitting Lake Tahoe, CA.

This is an Atmospheric River with 4-8 feet of snowfall forecast.

image: noaa, today

The wind began yesterday morning and the snow came in yesterday at sundown.

The wind yesterday kept most lifts closed at Squaw and Alpine and many other Tahoe ski resorts.

The snow and wind and avalanche danger closed Squaw Valley for the day.

22″ of snow in 24 hours this morning at Squaw Valley. image: squaw, today

Road closures are also an issue around Tahoe today.

Last night I-80 was closed from state line down to near Reno.

The Mount Rose Highway (431) closed last night and hasn’t opened yet.

Carson Spur (highway 88) just west and east of Kirkwood ski resort closed last night, then opened, and is now closed again.

Avalanche danger is rated HIGH at and above treeline today.

image: sierra avalanche center

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