2.5 Feet of Snow so far, and Heavy Snow Continues...
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.
- 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.
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:
- NOAA Weather forecast for Olympic Valley
- NOAA Weather Discussion for the Tahoe Area
- Caltrans Highway Status*
- Squaw Alpine Snow & Weather Report
- Lift & Grooming Status
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.
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!