Lake Tahoe breaks record for snowfall in December: See photos

A snowstorm in the Lake Tahoe area this month has broken a record that lasted for more than half a century, California researchers say.

From kl. 8 local time on Wednesday, a total of 210 inches of snow fell on the region in December, breaking the previous record of 179 inches in 1970, according to UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab.

“We are now at 258% of our average snowfall up to and including this date, and we have received 70% of our average annual snowfall,” the added in a tweet.

A vehicle clears snow along Interstate-80 in the Lake Tahoe region this week.

A vehicle clears snow along Interstate-80 in the Lake Tahoe region this week.
(Placer County Sheriff’s Office)

Data from the snow laboratory, located at Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada, also suggests that this December will end as the third snowiest month ever for the region.

Its top two snowiest ever are 238 inches in January 2017 and 221 inches in February 2019.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Footage posted on Facebook by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office showed crew clearing a wall of snow along Interstate-80.

UC Berkeley says it now manages the snow lab, after it was built by the then U.S. Weather Bureau and Army Corps of Engineers in 1946.

Leave a Comment