Photos: Record snowfall blankets Sierra Nevada


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Dangerously low snowpack levels in the Sierra have improved, as the state’s water resources department reported on Monday that the snowpack was between 145% and 161% of normal across the range , with more snow expected.

At Donner Pass in the Sierra, UC Berkeley’s officials Central Sierra Snow Laboratory said on Monday that recent snowfall broke December’s snowiest record of 179 inches, set in 1970. The record now stands at 193.7 inches, and more snow is expected.

Truckee’s Northstar California Resort closed its mountain operations on Monday in blizzard conditions. The ski resort has received more than 6 feet of snow in the past 48 hours, according to the the station’s Facebook post.

Ski patroller Mark Cionek performs snow safety checks at Palisades Tahoe on December 26.

(Steve Shepp / Palissades Tahoe)

California Highway Patrol vehicle drives through snow

A California Highway Patrol vehicle rolls through the snow at the Donner Summit on December 25. Interstate 80 has been closed over the Sierra Nevada due to whiteout conditions.

(CHP Truckee)

UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab in Soda Springs

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab in Soda Springs surpassed the previous record of 179 inches of snow set in December 1970 with a new total of 194 inches.

(UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab)

A truck is buried in the snow

A truck is buried in snow in Tahoe Donner.

(Jared Abelson)

Three people ride on a ski lift

Those lucky enough to make it to Palisades Tahoe Resort on Christmas Day were treated to powder conditions.

(Kate Abraham / Palissades Tahoe)



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