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Biggest Snowstorm of the Season Ends February with a White Winter Bang!

Date Posted: March 1, 2015

(TRUCKEE, CA) The most major winter storm of the 2014-2015 season slammed into the Sierras starting Friday, February 27, and dumped up to 3 feet of fresh powder on the higher homes and ski areas. Skiers and snow boarders are totally psyched!

Interstate 80 was under chain control over Donner Summit early Friday evening, and by late night, chains were required on two-wheel drive vehicles all the way to the Nevada state line. At one point east bound traffic was stopped due to icy conditions and multiple spin-outs. Tahoe Donner Dude reported that roads in his neighborhood were slippery and icy, and that snow plows were out in full force on Northwoods Blvd.

"Driveway snow blowers were in operation by about 3:00am, helping homeowners get to the ski hills early," said The Dude, "it snowed hard all night up here!" Dependable Snow Removal blowers and shovelers were also out working by 3:00am in Tahoe Donner, Squaw Valley, and Alpine Meadows. Upper Squaw Valley homes got over two feet of new snow in some places.

Downtown Doug reported heavy snow Friday night and Saturday at Mountain Hardware, and as usual, they sold a lot of chains, ice-melt, and winter clothes! "We had to order more sleds too!" said Doug in a telephone interview, "...the kids were hitting the hills pretty hard!" Mountain Hardware rocks winter!!!

The Auburn Kid reported snow as low as Grass Valley in the foothills. "I thought I was in Boston," laughed The Kid from his Gold-Country headquarters, "I would have put chains on if I had 'em!" My sister and mom reported snow in the hills above Santa Rosa in the Bay Area and my brother even witnessed snow in the mountains of Santa Barbara... WOW!!!

The major snowfall in the Sierras ended late Saturday night and the driveway snowblowers were back out Sunday morning in most areas. March 1st saw Truckee completely white! With so little snow so far this season, this late February snow was much needed in Truckee and Lake Tahoe, and hopefully will be followed by more snow in March... however, the rest of the week looks clear, with a possible new system hitting the area the middle of next week. will, as always, keep you updated! BE SAFE OUT THERE EVERYBODY!!!

Donner Party History

(On March 1st the second rescue party arrived at Donner Lake. Patrick Breen's diary read: "Mond. March the 1st to fine & pleasant froze hard last night there has 10 men arrived this morning from bear valley with provisions we are to start in two or three days & Cash our goods here there is amongst them some old they say the snow will be here untill June" [This is the last entry in Patrick Breen's Diary.]

When the relief party made it to the Alder Creek camp, they found George Donner helpless, dying from his infected hand. The Donner Party leader was too injured to travel and his wife, Tamsen, refused to leave her husband. They were left behind as rescuers pulled out the survivors who could walk, and made their way back over Donner Summit for Sutter's Fort.)

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Dependable Snow Totals

Location Accumulative
Alpine Meadows 6.5 ft
Squaw Valley 6.5 ft
Tahoe-Donner 5.5 ft
Sugar Bowl 7.5 ft
Soda Springs 7 ft
Last Updated: Mar 1, 2015

2014 - 2015 Season Snow Totals

Location Accumulative
Alpine Meadows 6.5 ft
Squaw Valley 6.5 ft
Tahoe-Donner 5.5 ft
Sugar Bowl 7.5 ft
Soda Springs 7 ft
End of Season Date: Mar 1, 2015