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Tahoe winter storm closes 2 major

California highways


Region's snowpack now 158% of average

 

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20 Mar 11 - A powerful storm brought more heavy snow to the Sierra on Sunday, closing I-80 over Donner Summit, the main link between Reno and northern California.

Highway 88, which connects the Sacramento and Lake Tahoe areas, and U.S. 50 over Echo Summit were also closed.

"The Boreal ski resort on Donner Summit reported 3 feet of new snow over a 24-hour period ending early Sunday, and up to 6 feet of new snow in recent days," says this article in the Tahoe Bonanza.  Boreal has received more than 600 inches (50 feet, or 15.24 meters) of snow so far this season, close to its record 662 inches of snow set in 1994-95.

"Some of our lift terminals are below the snow level, so we have to pull some snow out of there," said Boreal spokesman Jon Slaughter.

The Lake Tahoe basin's snowpack now stands at 158 percent of average for the date.

http://www.tahoebonanza.com/article/20110320/
NEWS/110329993/1001&parentprofile=1
Thanks to Willy Krusell and Jerry Peterson for this link

Tahoe is fighting to stay linked to the rest of the country," says Willy. "Squaw made it to 594 inches last night. 

To quote GW, "I misunderestimated." 

 

 



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