2017 Lake Tahoe/Truckee Region Winter Season Fun Facts!


This year we broke a 95 year old record! This record is for the most rainfall in one year. Our area has recorded 89.7 inches for the year which breaks the record from 1982-83 season of 88.5 inches!


Lake Tahoe water level is projected to record the largest single-year rise in history! Once the snow melts, the water level is expected to rise 6 1/2 feet to its legal limit of 6,229.1 feet above sea level. The record from 1995 was a 6 foot rise in water level. Current lake elevation = 6,220 + Current gage height. USGS Current Levels


Squaw Valley also set a record in January 2017 for the most snow in one month. A grand total of 282” of snow which is over 400% of its average for January snowfall. March 2011 was the record surpassed, the one month total of 202”.


Mixed feelings about the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District having to cancelled school 12 days this year due to snow! The students and faculty had 10 snow days in January! TTUSD’s snow day record dates back to the 80’s for having the most cancelled school days due to snow in one year.

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A report from the Central Sierra Snow Lab on Donner Summit said that it received 100% of its annual average precipitation total on January 18, 2017. The CSS Lab precipitation tracking season runs from Oct. 1st to Sept. 30th most years. Being only 110 days into the year, the Snow Lab reached its annual average.


Now on to Summer!

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