Epic snow at Lake Tahoe could lead to spring floods

As our video shows, the snow is piling up on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Meanwhile, the Lake is close to its maximum legal limit, let alone its natural rim, as the chart shows. The spring runoff is going to be phenomenal. The snow you see here eventually winds up as water in the Truckee River and downtown Reno.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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3 Responses to Epic snow at Lake Tahoe could lead to spring floods

  1. Steve Willer says:

    I have to hand it to those folks who live in Truckee, between epic housing costs and the occasional epic winters getting buried in snow, and constant crowds everywhere you go in winter and summer, you have to be a real diehard to live up there.

  2. jeffpelline says:

    It’s sure a beautiful place, though.

  3. Gail Damskey says:

    That’s a crazy amount of snow, but I do remember winters in the sierras when this was considered to be the normal amount and the only way we could get into our family cabin was by using the upper cabin door.

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