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Biggest Snow Storm of the Season Slams Into the Sierras

Date Posted: November 29, 2016

(Truckee, CA) A major winter storm, the biggest this season by far, slammed into the Sierras, dropping up to 4 feet of new snow in the higher mountains and upper passes.The snow started Saturday (November 26) as vacationers and second-home owners were winding down their Thanksgiving holiday. Interstate 80 was under chain control all Saturday night and Sunday morning, and many of the unplowed neighborhood roads were almost impossible to negotiate. Some of the back roads in Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Tahoe Donner were impassable.

"I knew it was going to be big," remarked the Auburn Kid from his foothill headquarters, "... we were getting hammered with a cold rain all Saturday!" My 92 year old mom reported heavy rain in the Bay Area too.

Four wheel drive with good snow tires was needed to get around if you weren't chained up, and there were many stuck motorists as we made our rounds doing snow removal. One driver ran into a tree right in front of a worker and me, but was uninjured in the crash. Donner Summit had the most snow as usual, but Squaw and Alpine Meadows weren't far behind with 2 to 3 feet on some decks and walkways... Tahoe Donner and Donner Lake also received major snow. Some snow drifts on Northwoods Boulevard were over 3 feet high.

This was definitely a major winter blizzard, bringing much needed snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains. Almost all the ski hills were able to open by the end of the weekend and hopefully marked the beginning of a big winter... we need it to help alleviate the extreme Northern California drought. The Dependable Snow Removal crew continues to work hard to make our great customer's mountain homes safe and accessible. We clear decks, walkways, stairs, roofs, propane tanks, berms, and ice all winter long!

BE SAFE OUT THERE EVERYONE!!! (And call us if you need help!)

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Dependable Snow Totals

Location Accumulative
Alpine Meadows 6.2 ft
Squaw Valley 6.2 ft
Tahoe-Donner 4.5 ft
Sugar Bowl 8 ft
Soda Springs 7 ft
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2016

2015 - 2016 Season Snow Totals

Location Accumulative
Alpine Meadows 41.5 ft
Squaw Valley 40.5 ft
Tahoe-Donner 38 ft
Sugar Bowl 48.5 ft
Soda Springs 42 ft
End of Season Date: May 1, 2016