La Niña is not being shy this time around. A massive surge of cold snow storms pounded the Sierra this last week starting off the season with unbelievable conditions; it’s reported that up to 8 feet of snow fell in the upper elevations. We checked in with TWS photo contributors from North Lake Tahoe, over to South Lake, and on down to Mammoth for some photo evidence. “It’s cold up here with the temps reminiscent of February, it’s bottomless, and we’re shredding everywhere” are some of the comments I heard when I spoke with South Lake Tahoe lensman Terren Gomez. So leave your rock boards in the garage, grab your best shred stick, and go shred. It’s soooo good.
“This was the perfect storm,” said Andy Chapman, tourism director of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “It came in fast, dropped a ton of snow, setting us up with superior snow conditions and skiing for the holiday weekend. Boarding at Thanksgiving is what Lake Tahoe is all about.”
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After a well-timed break from the storm to feast on Thanksgiving turkey, more snow is in the forecast for the holiday weekend, on a much smaller scale than the big storm that started a week ago, and brought up to 8 feet of the white stuff to the region’s higher-elevation areas.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno, with as much as 3 to 6 inches of snow expected at lake level, and 6 to 10 inches above 7,000 feet.