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Christmas Holiday Weekend Snow Storm

Date Posted: December 29, 2016

(Truckee, CA) After days of pouring rain, the biggest snowstorm of the winter season pounded the Sierras with feet of snow, just in time for the Christmas holiday weekend! Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley got over two feet of fresh snow, and the Donner Summit neighborhoods got up to four feet when the storm finally passed through on Christmas Eve. Tahoe Donner and Donner Lake also got significant snow. Some smaller storms hit the area early in the week, but Friday night's blizzard was the biggest by far.

Interstate 80 was under chain control Friday night and most of Saturday, and Donner Pass Road was gridlock as vacationers made their way to the ski hills and last minute shopping downtown. The storm was a cold one, so many of the sliding roofs did not slide for several days... temperatures got down to single digits Christmas day with highs below freezing for several days afterwards. The new snow was welcome and skiers and boarders took advantage and packed all the ski hills. Little J at Boreal told me via telephone that the mountain had "great snow and a huge crowd."

"Skiers and Boarders are having fun at Boreal," said Little J, Chief Maintenance Engineer, "...tell everyone to get up here and play in the snow!" Little J is in charge of chairlifts and all things mechanical at the Donner Summit Resort. We have many awesome customers in Squaw and Alpine Meadows and those resorts have big crowds too! My friend, Edie, from Long Beach, posted some pictures on Facebook of her at Sugarbowl, and told me conditions were "epic!" My headquarters overlook Tahoe Donner Downhill... they have been selling-out every day!

The next big storm is expected to hit New Years Day with snow through the middle of next week. The National Weather Service is predicting possible heavy snow Sunday night into Monday. You can always check the Dependable Snow Removal WEATHER PAGE for the updated 7 day forecast, doplar radar, winter storm warnings, and even the I-80 chain control report. Enjoy the new snow everyone and be careful out there!

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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: Dec 25, 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