Update 5:30 PM:

Round one is over and the sun even came out for an hour or two this afternoon in Truckee.  The next wave is already approaching with cold and very unstable air.  Severe thunderstorms have been firing up across Northern CA this afternoon and a tornado warning is even in affect for Western Nevada County including Grass Valley until 5:45.  This is associated with an area of heavy precip which is headed our way.  We will see the snowfall pick up again this evening.

The resorts are reporting and most were reporting around a foot at the top this morning, could easily be double that by tomorrow morning. Picked up 6 more inches today during the day here at 6750′ bringing the storm total to 16 inches so far.  Around 14″ settled on the ground so far as you can see on the “official” TWD snow stake.  (more photos on the Facebook page)

Now it’s time to sit, relax, channel surf between Monday Night Football, The Giants game, and The Presidential Debate, while watching out the window for round 2.  Could see another 3-6 inches at lake level and 6-12 above 7000 ft by morning.  Next update in the morning…BA

Update 8 a.m:

Official measurement here at 6750′ at 8 a.m. is 10 inches and still coming down good.  Check out the webcams page.  Snapped a quick picture here but now off to work, should be a fun drive.

From 7 a.m.:

Woke up to plenty of white stuff this morning.  Looks like at least 8 inches up here at 6750′ as of 7 a.m.  Heading out in a few minutes and will update with an official measurement.  Reports the past hour of 1 inch in Downtown Truckee, 2 inches in Meyers, 2 inches South Lake, 3 inches in Incline 6500′, 4 inches at Tahoma 6400′, and 5 inches at the West end of Donner Lake.

No changes to the forecast.  Heaviest snow should push in over the next few hours this morning.  Snow showers will continue into the night.  With the temps colder at lake level than forecast to start I am going to bump the forecast to 6-12 inches in the 5900 to 6500′ range by tomorrow morning, and 12-18 inches above that.

Next push of moisture is tomorrow morning and then another for Wednesday.  Could see some breaks in the snowfall later today and again later Tuesday, especially for areas East side of the lake.  Along the crest expecting snow to pretty continue into Wed. night before tapering off.  Should pick up a few more inches at lake level Tuesday and again Wednesday.  These are weaker waves.  Should pick up another 6+ inches both days above 7000 and along the crest.

Still expecting totals by Thursday morning of 10-18 inches at lake level and Truckee, and 18-32 inches above 7000 ft.  Not going to be shocked if we get a report above 8000 along the crest someplace of 3 feet, that’s if we have someone reporting from up there.

Drying and warming into the weekend as the ridge builds back in.  Storms continue into the Pacific NW into next week.  Next chance of a storm pushing South into CA looks to be the middle-end of next week.

Stay tuned for updates and drive safe…BA

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