Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Snowpack up to 103 percent of normal after slow winter start

A wave of steady storms this week, capped off Wednesday night by a powerful atmospheric river event that caused the National Weather Service to issue a rare blizzard warning, brought more than four feet of snow to some Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts.

The huge snowfall boosted the statewide Sierra snowpack to 103 percent of normal on Thursday, up from just 69 percent on Jan. 1.

It also comes ahead of one of the biggest California ski weekends of the year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday weekend.

48-hour totals through Thursday, from the National Weather Service office in Sacramento:

Squaw Valley: 52″

Northstar: 49″

Soda Springs: 43″

Boreal: 43″

Alpine Meadows: 42″

Bear Valley: 36″

Sugar Bowl: 34″

Homewood: 33″

Dodge Ridge: 31″

Kirkwood: 30″

Tahoe Donner: 26″

Heavenly: 19″