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First Big Snowstorm of the Season Hits the Sierras on November 1st

Date Posted: November 1, 2014

(TRUCKEE Calif.) Truckee's first measurable snowfall of the 2014-2015 began early Saturday morning (November 1st). Chains were required on all vehicles except four-wheel drive cars with snow tires -- conditions were slick due to the heavy rainfall the night before.

Tahoe Donner Dude reported a few inches on his deck by 6:30am. "It was coming down pretty hard and the temperature was about 32," The Dude reported from his cabin, "snowplows still hadn't come by."

The Auburn Kid, who will again be reporting conditions from the foothills, told me it was "still raining hard" at 7:00am. "It's not over by any means," said The Kid. The Winter Storm Warning was in effect until 11:00am PST for the Sierras, including Truckee and the ski hills. "Get the shovels ready, it's still coming," said The Kid.

I touched bases with Downtown Doug at Mountain Hardware and he reported that it was "... a little slick out there." He assured me they are stocked up with winter supplies like boots, gloves, and caps. He told me "Chains are flyin' off the shelves!" Chain control was on most of Saturday morning.

Alpine Meadows had about 8 inches at the highest homes, and Squaw Valley had about 6 inches. It was lightly snowing up there all day but the roads were OK.

Donner Summit got the most snow and the driveway plows were out in full force. I stopped in at The Soda Springs Store for a hot bowl of chili before heading back to Truckee (their chili is incredible!)

Little J at Boreal told me they were making snow Saturday night and planned to open next week if conditions allowed. He's in charge of the ski-lift maintenance.

The first big storm of the season passed through late Saturday afternoon. There wasn't a huge amount of snow but maybe it is a sign of things to come!

We will keep you updated as condition's change and new storms move into the area. Be safe everyone!

Donner Party History

(On this day in 1846 the Donner Party had already split up, the Donner families and their teamsters remaining at Alder Creek to fix a wagon axle, and the rest made it to Donner Lake at the foot of Donner Summit... it was snowing hard and there was already more than 3 feet of snow on Donner Pass! Their attempt to get over the summit had failed. Patrick Breen later said that "...the road was completely blocked." They tried to make it over the summit the next day, according to Virginia Reed, but again the snow was too high.)

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Location Accumulative
Alpine Meadows 8 in
Squaw Valley 6 in
Tahoe-Donner 5 in
Sugar Bowl 8 in
Soda Springs 7 in
Last Updated: Nov 2, 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