A large avalanche hit the Alpine Meadows road this morning, leaving a car buried and one person very frightened by what appears to have been a very large, natural avalanche.
Over 2 feet has fallen on Heavenly Resort in the last 24 hours!
According to KRNV News 4, The distress call came at approximately 7:30, when highway patrolman, Pete Mann was alerted to the situation. The avalanche struck near the intersection of Deer Park road and Alpine Meadows road. Luckily, rescue personnel from the North Tahoe Fire Department as well as local ski patrol were able to free the car from the avalanche debris rather promptly.
Although the car was damaged, the person inside was left uninjured.
Read the entire KRNV News 4 article here: Avalanche temporarily traps car, closes Alpine Meadows Road
Sierra Avalanche Center 8:30am Update
We have received reports of large natural avalanches that are ran long distances and hit the Alpine Meadows Road around 7:00-7:30 am. Other natural avalanches also occurred last night and early this morning. No details about what kind of avalanches these were or their failure layers are available. As mentioned below some similar natural avalanche activity may remain possible through this morning.
Find up-to-date avalanche advisories for Tahoe here: Sierra Avalanche Center