California ski resorts harvested huge amounts of snow (up to 30″) and wind (winds up to 123mph at Squaw) on Wednesday & Thursday. The storm caused chaos in Tahoe. Avalanches across roads, ski resorts closed, highways closed.
Alpine Meadows didn’t open yesterday due to avalanche danger. Squaw was able to open Red Dog & Squaw Creek at 1:18pm but none of the upper mountain due to avalanche danger and wind.
Winds were raging yesterday with Alpine seeing a gust of 104mph at 10am.
Kirkwood and Mammoth and Homewood were able to get lots open yesterday and the skiing was unreal.
Snow continues today in California with NOAA issuing a Winter Weather Advisory calling for 2-5 inches of snowfall today between 2pm and 8pm. Snow levels will be around 5,000-feet.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS 2 TO 5 INCHES ABOVE 5000 FEET. * SNOW LEVELS...NEAR 5000 FEET. - NOAA Reno, NV today
California ski resorts are looking good right now with 7 ski resorts with over 300″ of snowfall so far this season and Sugar Bowl nearly about to break 400″ as they are sitting at 380″ right now.
The overall Sierra Nevada snowpack is sitting at 93% of average to date today.
CA SKI RESORTS WITH OVER 300″ OF SNOWFALL THIS SEASON:
- Sugar Bowl = 380″
- Sierra = 346″
- Boreal = 345″
- Northstar = 338″
- Kirkwood = 328″
- Squaw = 323″
- Alpine Meadows = 314″
2-DAY CALIFORNIA SKI RESORT SNOW TOTALS:
Squaw = 30″
Northstar = 30″
Heavenly = 30″
Sugar Bowl = 29″
Sierra = 27″
Boreal = 25″
Kirkwood = 24″
Mt. Rose, NV = 24″
Alpine Meadows = 23″
Diamond Peak, NV = 20″
Homewood = 19″
Mammoth = 19″
Bear Valley = 17″
Dodge Ridge = 14″
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for CALIFORNIA:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA 829 PM PST THU FEB 18 2016 ...NEXT ROUND OF SIERRA SNOW ARRIVES FRIDAY... .LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TO LINGER OVER THE WESTERN SIERRA SLOPES NORTH OF I-80 INTO TOMORROW MORNING. ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW EXPECTED LATE FRIDAY MORNING INTO FRIDAY EVENING. THIS SECOND WAVE WILL BE WEAKER...BUT STILL IMPACT SIERRA TRAVEL NEAR THE I-80 CORRIDOR AND LOCATIONS TO THE NORTH. WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA- INCLUDING THE CITY OF...BLUE CANYON ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TO 8 PM PST FRIDAY... * MAIN IMPACT: PERIODS OF SNOW AND BREEZY WINDS. EXPECT HAZARDOUS TRAVEL...POSSIBLE CHAIN REQUIREMENTS AND DELAYS. * TIMING...ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW EXPECTED LATE FRIDAY MORNING INTO FRIDAY EVENING. * LOCATIONS...INTERSTATE 80 AND ROADWAYS TO THE NORTH. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS 2 TO 5 INCHES ABOVE 5000 FEET. * SNOW LEVELS...NEAR 5000 FEET.