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Tahoe area reeling under snow assault

Kevin MacMillan Sierra Sun
Up in Truckee's Tahoe Donner, snow was piled so high Wednesday afternoon it reached the second floors of homes.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — An ongoing winter storm has hit the Truckee area so severely that the town of Truckee was expected to declare a state of local emergency Thursday.

In all, as much as 10 feet of snow was possible from the weeklong storm by Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. The snowfall followed a period of heavy rain and flooding in some parts of the region, and has led to widespread power outages.

Truckee’s Town Council  scheduled a special meeting for Thursday afternoon to approve the recommendation from Town Manager Tony Lashbrook for an emergency declaration.

“The Town Engineering staff has begun to document numerous areas that have experienced damage, including town roads, drainage infrastructure and other facilities. There is a good chance that we won’t know the full extent of the damage until the late spring or early summer,” according to a memo from Lashbrook.

As of Wednesday night, there were no estimates in terms of cost or extent of damage in town.

As of Wednesday, power had been reportedly restored to roughly 16,000 customers. The Truckee Donner Public Utility District said Thursday morning that 693 of its customers were still without power.

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, the winter storm warning was extended to 10 p.m. Thursday (today) for the greater Truckee-Tahoe region.

Four to 8 inches of additional snow at lake level, and up to a foot above 7,000 feet, is expected by overnight Thursday.

This “crippling snow storm,” according to NWS, that started Monday will still create hazardous road conditions Thursday cross the region.