News reports Thursday morning said PG&E announced that 48,000 residents in Northern California living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains region are without power. With more than 202 inches of snow (17+ feet of snow) dumped, a large section of Interstate-80 was closed from Placer County to the Nevada state line, until late Wednesday due to severe snow conditions. Highway 50 was also closed East of Placerville for an extended period so road crews could plow snow and clear downed trees, and utility companies could attend to fallen power lines.
As the Globe reported Monday the 27th, the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab announced Monday a “NEW DECEMBER RECORD of 193.7 inches, which is more than 16 feet, and a prediction of breaking the 200 inch mark today. The 200″ record was broken Monday.
It’s currently 27 degrees in Twin Bridges near Camp Sacramento along Highway 50, and will dip down to 19 degrees after sunset.
In response to the severe snow conditions and lack of power for so many residents, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) called on Governor Gavin Newsom Thursday to take all possible measures to help Northern Californians without power:
“Tens of thousands of Californians are currently without power and facing severe storm conditions. The situation may not be resolved for as many as two weeks. We need immediate action from the Governor to help Placer and El Dorado County residents, including deployment of the National Guard to provide generators to families until power is restored.”
Kiley also addressed the local emergency announced Wednesday by Placer County, requesting state and federal assistance.
“A record-setting winter storm resulted in unprecedented amounts of snow in the upper elevations of Placer County. Heavy snow and downed trees and utilities have caused extensive road closures, travel complications and damage to infrastructure, including Placer County Water Agency’s Boardman canal. Over 10,000 Placer residents lost power and many will experience an extended outage in the foothills and mountains for several more days.”
Yesterday, Tahoe Weather reported another 8 inches of snow in the last 24 hours.
As of 8 AM, the Snow Lab has picked up another 8" of snow in the past 24-hrs. That brings the season total to 264" so far (70% of the entire annual average) and that breaks another record, the 51-yr Oct-Dec snowfall record of 260" set in 1970! https://t.co/9N8nDW0WxT pic.twitter.com/nXiXcBcS2i
— Tahoe Weather (@TahoeWeather) December 29, 2021
Today, the U.C. Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab announced An additional 2″ of #snow in the last day brings our December total to 212″. Flurries are possible over the next couple days but it’s unlikely that we’ll see much accumulation.
An additional 2" of #snow in the last day brings our December total to 212". Flurries are possible over the next couple days but it's unlikely that we'll see much accumulation.
— UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab (@UCB_CSSL) December 30, 2021
A break in the snow storm is expected through the weekend.