After ‘Pretty Extraordinary’ Snowfall, Sierra Nevada Braces for Another Battering From Atmospheric River

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Across the Sierra Nevada Mountains this weekend, residents and officials are assessing the damage from a series of powerful storms before a new round from the atmospheric river arrives next week.

The recent storm dropped large amounts of snow along Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

The recent storm dropped large amounts of snow along Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Some homes in northern Sierra communities have been left without power for more than a week because of this week’s blizzard, which locals say has been the worst in a decade.

“We had over 10 feet of snow in portions of the community. Everyone had at least 3 to 5 feet of snow, all in about a two-day period. And that’s a pretty extraordinary level of snow,” said Truckee Donner Public Utility District spokesman Steven Poncelet.

The culprit was a moment in the middle of the week when the storm became warmer. Instead of causing nice, dry powder that comes with colder storms, this system dumped slushy, dripping, heavy snow, which locals call “Sierra cement.”

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