Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
That was the sentiment all weekend in Northern California as the first winter storm arrived and outperformed its forecast, bringing over a foot of snow to the mountains. The Tahoe mountains were the big winner of the snow lottery, with Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort receiving 20 inches over the course of the storm. Snow accumulation was also seen in Mount Shasta, Lassen, and down in the Eastern Sierra.
Tahoe ski resorts saw the boost that will allow many of them to open their lifts in November, with the south side of the lake experiencing large accumulations. On top of Sierra-at-Tahoe’s snow grab, Heavenly and Kirkwood also reported over a foot of snow. On the north side, resorts like Squaw Alpine, Boreal and Sugar Bowl all received around a foot. Here are some stats from the National Weather Service for the Tahoe region:
Up north in Mount Shasta and Lassen, snow fell early and often over the weekend, closing down Lassen Volcanic National Park’s highway and bringing large accumulations to the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. While the total snow accumulations are unknown, webcams at both regions show a winter wonderland in the Shasta Cascade:
Further south in the Eastern Sierra, the Mammoth and Yosemite area received around a foot of snow in select areas. Mammoth Mountain reported 12 inches over the weekend, while photos online show Yosemite National Park covered in white gold:
This was a great start to the impending winter in NorCal and it might not be over yet. Current forecasts show that more precipitations could come this Thursday and Friday, although most likely not the accumulations we saw this weekend.
Celebrate NorCal! Winter is officially here…