Winter is absolutely delivering right now in the Sierras, with multiple ski areas and resorts from Northstar to Squaw Valley recording over 24 inches in the last 24 hours.
Squaw is getting hammered, having already recorded 29 inches in 24 hours. The National Weather Service has even issued a rare blizzard warning for the Greater Lake Tahoe Area at elevations above 7,000 feet. The blizzard warning goes into affect tonight at 7 p.m. and will remain until 7 a.m. on Thursday, January 17. Travel will definitely be impacted, and mountain conditions are predicted to be dangerous.
Squaw is anticipating up to 20 to 30 inches of more new snow between tonight and Thursday night, but such heavy snowfall and extreme weather conditions like high winds have already impacted lift operations at the resort.
In Flagstaff, Arizona, Arizona Snowbowl has recorded 22 inches in the last 48 hours, which is an impressive amount for the southwestern ski area. Check out this story on easy vibes and hard descents on the high peaks of Arizona and New Mexico for inspiration.
Utah and Colorado are also getting their fair share of snow, with Utah resorts like Snowbird and Alta recording 10 inches in the last 24 hours and Silverton and Wolf Creek in Colorado both recording over 8 new inches of fresh snow.
If you're lucky enough to be skiing in the West this week, be sure to check all conditions before venturing into the backcountry or even to your local resort.
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