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Date Posted: December 18, 2014

(TRUCKEE, CA) The newest snowstorm hit Truckee and Lake Tahoe early Monday morning, and chains were required on four wheel drive vehicles before the sun was up. Tahoe Donner Dude reported over four inches of snow on his Northwoods deck before daybreak. "It was coming down pretty good at 7:00am Monday morning and the snow plows were already on the roads," reported the Dude, "and the roads were slick... a car was overturned in the yard a couple houses down."

It snowed all day Monday and didn't stop until Tuesday morning. I-80 was under chain control for over 24 hours. Downtown Doug told me that Mountain Hardware was packed with people getting winter supplies. "We were crankin' through the chains, but we're still in good shape," said Doug in a phone interview. The Bay Area and foothills got a pretty good rain, according to my mom and the Auburn Kid.

The highest homes in Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows got some pretty good snow, but as usual, Donner Summit got the most. The upper streets in Serene Lakes got over three feet according to one of the snow shovelers, "It finally looks like winter up there," he said. Propane tanks are starting to get buried and we always advise residents to keep them clear.

There was a little break in the weather during the day on Tuesday, but the snow started up again Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, and then again lightly Wednesday night. Thursday was clear. Temperatures turned cold so there is a lot of ice around driveways, decks, and walkways.

We can still use a lot more snow! A new storm is due to hit the area Friday afternoon just in time for weekend skiers and boarders. All the major downhill ski areas are now open and the Tahoe Donner Cross Country facility is scheduled to start running on Saturday. We will keep you updated on the changing road and weather conditions. HAVE FUN BUT BE SAFE!!!

Donner Party History

(On this day in 1846, the Donner Party had a welcome break from the heavy snow. Patrick Breen's diary entry on Dec.18: "Frid 18th beautiful sky clear it would be delightful were it not for the snow lying so deep..." They were in two groups, the majority at the Donner Lake Camp and the smaller group at Alder Creek. The snowshoers, in a desperate attempt to get help, were nearing Royal Gorge and Cascade Lake, making their way over Donner Summit. They were heading for the Sacramento Valley and Sutter's Fort, the destination of early pioneers... less than half made it out.)

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Dependable Snow Totals

Location Accumulative
Alpine Meadows 3 ft
Squaw Valley 3 ft
Tahoe-Donner 2 ft
Sugar Bowl 4 ft
Soda Springs 3.5 ft
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014

2013 - 2014 Season Snow Totals

Location Accumulative
Alpine Meadows 7.5 ft
Squaw Valley 6.5 ft
Tahoe-Donner 5 ft
Sugar Bowl 12 ft
Soda Springs 10 ft
End of Season Date: Apr 2, 2014