Lake Tahoe weather: Season snow soars above 100-inch mark after latest storm |

Lake Tahoe weather: Season snow soars above 100-inch mark after latest storm

Kevin MacMillan
Truckee resident Greyson Howard slashes through the snow Friday morning at Sugar Bowl Resort near Donner Summit.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s shaping up to be a powdery white Christmas this year at Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

Another storm hit the region Sunday, bringing more than a foot of snow to higher elevations, and anywhere from 4 to 10 inches at lake and ground level, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Sugar Bowl Resort at Donner Summit, meanwhile, reported a full 24 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, as of 7 a.m. Monday.

The storm came after a larger weather pattern blew through the region on Thursday, bringing 1 to 2 feet of fresh to the mountains.

Both storms have built off a few smaller ones in November and early December to bring the season snowfall total at Sierra Nevada ski resorts above 100 inches.

Here’s a quick breakdown of Sunday storm totals, and season-to-date snow totals, from some of Tahoe’s ski resorts as of 7 a.m. Monday, according to

Squaw Valley: 14 inches (108 inches)

Alpine Meadows: 17 inches (108 inches)

Heavenly: 14 inches (97 inches)

Northstar California: 17 inches (113 inches)

Kirkwood: 12 inches (118 inches)

Mt. Rose: 20 inches (106 inches)

Sierra-at-Tahoe: 12 inches (91 inches)

As for the week ahead, more snow may be in the forecast toward the weekend, although it’s too early to predict.

It will be a cold week, however, meaning the snow that’s on the ground will stick around, and roads will likely be icy, making travel difficult.