Squaw Valley, CA CLOSED for the Day Due to Lightning

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Squaw Valley today at 8:45am. image: squaw

Squaw Valley closed at 11am yesterday due to lightning and they will be closed all day today due to lightning.

Squaw Operations Tweet Today:

Squaw Operations Tweet Yesterday:

We can’t confirm this, but it’s been reported that Squaw will close all lifts anytime radar detects lightning within 20 miles of the resort.

Squaw Valley meadows at 8:45am today. image: snowbrains

It was definitely pouring rain for hours in Squaw Valley yesterday afternoon with copious, loud thunder and lightning (see our instagram story). It was great! Then it cleared up and was sunny starting at 5:30pm and the frogs and blackbirds were cheering in chorus. Squaw is extremely special in May: brilliant green, frogs everywhere, birds all over, long sunsets, thunderstorms, very few people and cars, and great skiing and riding.

Forecast for Squaw Valley base. image: noaa, today


Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Reno NV
540 AM PDT Wed May 16 2018

Quick update to add thunderstorms to all areas this morning. A lot
of buildups seen this morning, and we have already seen a
thunderstorm develop over Galena Ridge west of Reno. The overall
forecast remains on track. While cloud cover may be an issue for
some areas this morning, there are many breaks currently. Some
strong storms will occur, and it still looks most likely from
Mineral County north into Pershing County where the most breaks
are this morning. There is also a noticeable break north of Reno
from Eastern Plumas and Lassen Counties into the Black Rock
Desert. If this lasts, strong storms are possible here as well.
Main threats will be gusty winds, and pea to marble hail.

With more breaks this morning, heavy rain could be more of an
issue this afternoon with stronger storms. Something to watch
- NOAA, today

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