Incredible video shows huge walls of snow surrounding a Lake Tahoe home where dozens of residents have been snowed in — as the Golden State braces for two more upcoming storms.
Miles Clark, a keen skier, was “shocked” when he arrived at his boyfriend’s house in Olympic Valley last Thursday to take care.
The house has large snow drifts along the front that are nearly twice Clark’s height at 8 to 10 feet. The only visible part of the property is the door and front wall, with densely packed snow hanging over the building and a precarious path carved around the building.
These large walls of snow are potentially deadly as roofs can collapse and large chunks of snow can unexpectedly fall onto the pavement.
“I was honestly too scared to even remove it because I didn’t even want to spend time standing on that sidewalk,” he told the San Francisco Gate. He said that every time he had to leave the house, he started running down the sidewalk, fearing another personal avalanche would happen and threaten his life.
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Keen skier Miles Clark was “shocked” when he arrived at his friend’s Olympic Valley home (pictured) in Lake Tahoe last Thursday to take care
The house has huge snowdrifts next to the front door, almost twice Clark’s size, 8 to 10 feet high, rising to the front door where densely packed snow hangs over. The only part of the house that was visible was the door and front wall, as the sides of the house and the roof were covered with snow.
“I knew we had a lot of snow in Tahoe, but their situation is relatively unique,” Miles told SF Gate. “It really piled up there, and by the end it had snow on all sides.
“This is what we live for,” continued the CEO founder of a sports media company called SnowBrains. “But then I started to feel some of the doom and gloom when some of the snow collapsed onto the pavement. It would probably be fatal [if I had been standing there].’
The next day, the homeowners association cleared the snow.
Clark is no stranger to the insane amount of snow in the Tahoe area, having lived in the area for decades. The University of California, Berkeley alumni saw the massive snowfalls of 2006, 2011, 2017 and 2019, but said they had never seen anything like it.
“I have seen snow for many years, but this one is a bit strange, maybe because all the snow fell in a short time. All the snow is piled on the roofs. That’s the most snow I’ve ever seen, especially on roofs. It’s unbelievable,” he told the outlet.
One popular ski resort offers a completely different landscape as the snow reaches so high that skiers can climb to the top of the lift, rendering it useless
Many houses are snowed in because feet of snow block them
So much snow has accumulated on the houses that some roofs are collapsing
In some parts of California, the snow is so deep that it has reached the stop signs
He said the site is being killed by the large amount of snow. Even a popular ski resort looks like a completely different landscape as the white stuff reaches so high that skiers can reach the top of the lift, rendering it unusable.
Ski patrols are clearing the snow, but it’s a long process.
Despite being a “winter sports enthusiast,” Clark traveled to Utah on Tuesday because the “rain put me off.”
The Golden State has been hit by a string of storms in recent weeks and is bracing for two more that could bring snowfall of up to four feet in the Sierra Nevada and inch-deep rain.
The first storm is expected to hit California, Oregon and Washington on Sunday.
12 to 20 centimeters of rain is expected to fall in the valleys, while there could be several meters of snow in the higher elevations.
Two more storms are expected to hit California again. The first is expected on Sunday and will bring inches of rain and several yards of snow, while the second is expected on Tuesday and will bring more snow
The Sierra Nevada could also see up to four feet of snow (Photo: Truckee, CA)
A Union Pacific train was covered in snow and ice earlier this month
Power outages expected due to this week’s storms (Photo: Truckee, CA)
The second storm expected on Tuesday and Wednesday will be more intense.
According to Fox Weather, Los Angeles could see up to four inches of rain, while San Diego could see one to two inches of rain.
“There we have the flood threat throughout LA, Bakersfield, Mariposa. It’s not an extreme threat, but even a little bit is concerning because a lot of these communities and a lot of the homes are still affected by the devastation for this season,” Fox Weather meteorologist Brigit Mahoney said.
The storms could bring total snowfall in the Sierra Nevada up to four feet.
Power outage expected.
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