Blizzard Info & Safety Tips

Category: Weather
2.5 Feet of Snow so far, and Heavy Snow Continues...
We are the midst of a BIG Sierra snowstorm! The first wave of snow moved in yesterday, and by 5am this morning we had received 22" at the base and 29" at our higher elevations. 
Snow Covered Cars at Alpine Meadows
Snow piled up this morning at Alpine Meadows. Photo: Ryan Salm. 

Another heavy snow cycle will push in later this evening. Snow levels may rise and flucuate before falling back to Lake level by Thursday morning. The NOAA forecast call for another 18-24 inches above 7,000' by tomorrow morning. On Thursday, the forecasts call for another 19-25 inches of new snow throughout the day. That means we could see another 4 FEET by the end of this storm

Weather forecast for January 16, 2019
Blizzard Warning 
In addition to the Winter Storm Warning that is already in effect, NOAA has also issued a Blizzard Warning from 7pm Wednesday to 7am Thursday morning in the greater Tahoe area. Please take this seriously and take precaution--it is only the 5th Blizzard warning that has been issued from the Reno NOAA office since 2008! Here are some important takeaways from the warning:
  • Heavy snow accumulations of 2 to 5 feet  above 7000 feet with blizzard conditions expected, especially tonight into Thursday morning. Between 6000 and 7000 feet, 1 to 2 feet is expected through Thursday night. Winds gusting 90 mph to as high as 130 mph on ridge tops.
  • Travel could be very difficult to impossible with periods of road closures expected. Winds along with heavy, wet snow could cause areas of tree damage.
  • Avoid travel if possible, you could be stuck in your vehicle for many hours. If you must travel, prepare for long delays and carry an emergency kit with extra food, water and clothing. If you stay home, have a backup plan in case of power outages.
  • Stay indoors until the snow and wind subside. Even a short walk could be deadly if you become disoriented.
Over 2 feet of snow in 24 hours
Big accumulation today at Alpine Meadows. Photo: Ryan Salm
Blizzard Information & Resources

During this severe and dynamic period of weather, we strongly encourage you to check the weather, road status, snow reports and lift status. Here are some helpful links: 

Please note: I-80 Westbound is closed at this time. Chains or 4WD vehicles with snow tires are required on many stretches in the area as well.

Snow removal
Crews work to clear the roads. Photo: Ryan Salm
Deep, Bluebird Weekend Ahead 

Once the skies clear and the winds diminish by Friday, we will be set up for some REALLY fun and REALLY deep skiing. While we all can't wait to ride powder, please be sure to take precaution and always ride with a friend or partner in deep snow. Check out our full Deep Snow & Powder Safety Tips and stay safe out there!