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Photos: Record snowfall covers the Sierra Nevada

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The dangerously low snowpack in the Sierra has taken a turn for the better when the state Department of Water Resources reported Monday that snowpack was between 145% and 161% of normal across the range and more snow was expected.

At Donner Pass in the Sierra, officials from UC Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Laboratory on Monday said the recent snowfall broke the snowiest December record of 179 inches set in 1970. The record now stands at 193.7 inches and more snow is expected.

Northstar California Resort in Truckee closed its mountain operations Monday amid snowstorm conditions. According to the resort’s Facebook post, the ski area has received more than 6 feet of snow in the past 48 hours.

Ski policeman Mark Cionek carries out snow safety checks

Ski Cop Mark Cionek conducts snow safety checks in Palisades Tahoe December 26.

(Steve Shepp / Palisades Tahoe)

A California Highway Patrol vehicle drives through snow

A California Highway Patrol vehicle drives through snow December 25 at Donner Summit. Interstate 80 was closed due to whiteout conditions over the Sierra Nevada.

(CHP Truckee)

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab in Soda Springs

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab in Soda Springs surpassed the previous record of 179 inches of snow set in December 1970 with a new total of 194 inches.

(UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab)

A truck is buried under snow

A truck is buried under snow at Tahoe Donner.

(Jared Abelson)

Three people ride a ski lift

Those lucky enough to make it to Palisades Tahoe Resort on Christmas Day were treated to powder snow conditions.

(Kate Abraham / Palisades Tahoe)

A street sign is buried in Mammoth Lakes, where the resort town received 7 to 9 feet of fresh snow

A street sign is buried in Mammoth Lakes, where the resort town received 7 to 9 feet of fresh snow.

(Sammy Deleo/Mammoth Mountain)

Mammoth Lakes, where the resort town has received 7 to 9 feet of fresh snow since Dec. 23.

A person and their dog brave the elements in Mammoth Lakes.

(Sammy Deleo/Mammoth Mountain)

A vehicle is stuck in the snow on December 27, 2021.

A vehicle is stuck in snow along Brunswick Road and Sutton Way in Grass Valley on December 27.

(Elias Funez/Associated Press)

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-12-27/photos-record-snowfall-blankets-sierra-nevada-mountains Photos: Record snowfall covers the Sierra Nevada

Tom Vazquez

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