Skiers can’t reach resorts … 13½ feet (4.1 m) of snow this month alone … to the 15th of Feb … almost a foot a day. “Please stay home,” says sheriff.
Snow storms hammered California mountains for a fourth straight day, forcing closure of several routes to the Lake Tahoe ski-resort area, including about 70 miles (110 km) of I-80. Some resorts reported 3 feet (1 m) of snow since Thursday.
“Tahoe & Truckee are in whiteout conditions. All roads leading in & out of the basin are closed. S/R 267 is so deep that plows ca no longer plow. They have ordered up a large blower to try and clear the pass. I80 & Mt. Rose Highway are also closed. Please stay home,” warned Placer County sheriff Lt. Andrew Scott.
An additional 3 to 6 feet (1 to 2 m) of snow was expected
Meanwhile, California’s Mammoth Mountain, about 140 miles (225 km) southeast of Lake Tahoe, was about to break a more than 30-year record for monthly snowfall, resort spokesman Justin Romano said.
The resort has already received 163 inches (414 cm) of snow this month alone, just 5 inches shy of its snowfall record for the entire month of February, set in 1986.
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