The recent storms in Northern California have officially thrust us into the winter season with a healthy dumping of snow on the mountains. The Thanksgiving storm brought a couple feet of powder and on Tuesday, the trend continued with another massive storm hitting the Sierra Nevada and adding to the early-season snowpack.
The Tahoe ski resorts took to social media on Tuesday to celebrate the storm in real time:
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Grab your parka and don't forget your mittens, because the snow is coming down in North Lake Tahoe!! 😱❄️With more snow in our future, how are you celebrating this winter wonderland? Tag your snow photos with #TahoeSnowTracker for a chance to be featured! 📷@mikedawsy @borealmtn . . . . . . . . . . #tahome #keeptahoeblue #tahoesnaps #tahoenorth #laketahoe #exploremore #stayandwander #staywild #optoutside #wanderlust #theoutbound #getoutstayout #forceofnature #mountainlife #ourwild
Most of the snow came in the north part of Tahoe, forcing chain controls over the I-80 Donner Summit:
Chains req’d over I-80 Donner Pass pic.twitter.com/bNtyc0dHT5
— Rob Carlmark (@rcarlmark) November 28, 2018
The best part? This storm’s not stopping anytime soon. Tuesday’s dumping was just the first of three storms heading towards NorCal, with the second coming on Wednesday night and the third arriving late Friday.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the rest of the week in the area:
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) November 28, 2018
All in all, the three storms could bring totals of over three feet of snow to the Sierras over a five day span:
These early season storms don’t necessarily indicate a long, wet winter is coming to Northern California, but it’s certainly a good start. Could we see another Snowpocalypse like what we saw in 2017? We won’t hold our breathe. But we also can’t rule it out.