Storms Have Added 33.6 Billion Gallons of Water to Lake Tahoe This Year

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A view of snow-capped mountains, Lake Tahoe, and the historic Cal-Neva Resort & Casino. (Credit:Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A view of snow-capped mountains, Lake Tahoe, and the historic Cal-Neva Resort & Casino. (Credit:Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A series of winter storms early this year has been good news for Lake Tahoe, which has gained about 33.6 billion gallons of water since Jan. 1, according to the National Weather Service.

The lake has also risen nearly a foot since the start of the year.

“For reference: An average household of 4 people use 1 acre/foot of water per year,” the weather service stated in a graphic that showed the latest figures for the lake.

The amount of water is welcome relief at the lake, where levels reached record levels a few years ago amid the ongoing California drought, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Forecasters expect more periods of heavy rain and snow to hit the region through midweek as another powerful storm takes aim at the northern part of the state.

Dangerous and potentially life-threatening blizzard conditions are expected in the Sierra, prompting the Weather Service to issue a blizzard warning that will expire on Wednesday morning.

Forecasters said that a major storm will likely bring “very heavy snow” to the region through Thursday.

Tahoe is expected to get another 5 to 10 feet of snow above 7,000 feet, while 3 to 7 feet of snow is forecast at the lake level, according to the Weather Service.

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