Massive weekend blizzard pummels West Coast, bringing up to 10 feet of snow


Up to 100 inches of snow will bury parts of the Sierra Nevada this weekend as a massive blizzard pummels the West Coast with no signs of letting up until Monday.

Widespread travel shutdowns were in place in California and Nevada amid life-threatening conditions as fast-falling snow and hurricane-force winds reaching nearly 200 mph rocked high elevations.

Lake Tahoe’s Palisades Ski Resort recorded several wind gusts over 150 mph as the storm struck on Friday, including one measurement of 190 mph.

Workers clear train tracks as snow falls north of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains during a powerful winter storm that began on Friday. Getty Images

Blowing, drifting snow and whiteout conditions will make travel “impossible,” according to the National Weather Service.

Drifts from the storm will reach as high as several stories, according to AccuWeather.

“It’s going to be relentless, probably until Monday morning,” Fox Weather meteorologist Cody Braud told The Post. “There will be no breaks, so when it’s all said and done, we’ll probably be in the triple digits for total inches of snow.”

Six to 10 feet of powder is expected to fall at Donner Pass, just west of the California-Nevada state line, and at many of the ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada.

Twenty inches were reported out of Lake Tahoe’s Sugar Bowl Resort as of Friday, but would likely double by the storm’s end, Braud predicted.

Blizzard warnings have been issued with snowfall of up to 10 feet expected and wind gusts clocking in at over 100 mph in higher elevation parts of California and Nevada. Getty Images

“Relentless blizzard conditions at all the resorts make it super dangerous to even think about trying to travel or go outside, and there really isn’t any chance of salvaging a vacation,” Braud said.

California authorities shut down 100 miles of Interstate 80 on Friday and residents were urged to take shelter and stay off roads. The stretch remained closed as of Saturday morning with no estimated time of reopening, the California Highway Patrol posted on X.

The storm forced Yosemite National Park to close, and shut down the main highway to Sequioa & Kings Canyon National Parks to the south. Avalanches are possible in the backcountry areas.

The storm has the potential to be one the biggest that the Sierra Nevada has seen.

The silver lining, however, is that the mountain region was desperate for snow and in a deficit this year. “This will make up for that and then some,” Braud noted.

Authorities shut down 100 miles of Interstate 80 on Friday as the biggest snowstorm of the season slammed the Sierra Nevada. AFP via Getty Images

The region needs a “snowpack” headed into the warmer season, which doesn’t typically see a lot of rain. The layers of snow act as a natural reservoir, providing water throughout the drier summer months.

While winter rages out west, spring is in the air for New Yorkers, with a warm and sunny Sunday expected to near 60 degrees.

Early spring showers will then roll in for a dreary week. Rain is possible on Monday night and the first half of Tuesday and again Wednesday night through Thursday.

Data indicates that the United States this year experienced its warmest winter on record, according to AccuWeather.

A 700-plus day snow draught in the Big Apple ended in January, but it is among the cities that recorded their warmest winters, with average temperatures 8 to 12 degrees above the historical average.


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