Tahoe Storm Summary | Snowfall Actually Exceeded Forecasts

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
Sierra-at-Tahoe sign. Image: Sierre-at-Tahoe Facebook Page
Sierra-at-Tahoe sign. Image: Sierre-at-Tahoe Facebook Page

Lake Tahoe, the Easter Sierras, and California as a whole got absolutely dumped on over the past 5 days. Some of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts have surpassed 400″ of snowfall this season, such as Mt. Rose and Sugar Bowl. This is absolutely insane considering the fact that we aren’t even halfway through the ski season.

Storm Totals. Image: Open Snow
Storm Totals. Image: Open Snow

Out of all of the Lake Tahoe ski resort, the average percentage of their annual snowfall that they have already received is 89%. January has been absolutely crazy, both Mammoth and Squaw Valley broke their highest monthly snowfall records. Along with that, Boreal Mountain┬áreceived 305″ of snowfall in the first 23 days of January.

Snowfall variance. Image: Open Snow
Snowfall variance. Image: Open Snow

All of these Tahoe Resorts met or exceeded the maximum amount of snowfall that was forecasted for their area. On average, they received 21″ of snowfall more than had been originally predicted for this 5 day storm. Two huge snowstorms have left higher elevations of California absolutely buried in snow. On the west side of the lake, snow showers could linger into the evening, but for the most part, the storm has ended. It doesn’t look like any other storms will arrive this week, but the storm corridor is expected to open up again for California in the first week of February.


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