Due to extreme weather conditions and HIGH avalanche danger, The Sierra Avalanche Center has issued an advisory that the residents of Crystal Bay, on the shores of Lake Tahoe, do not go outside. Across the wider Tahoe region it is advised not to partake in any backcountry travel and to stay off the roads if at all possible.
From Washoe County: The Sierra Avalanche Center has issued a High Avalanche Warning for the Lake Tahoe area. Residents of the Crystal Bay and Incline Village areas are being asked to shelter in place during this snow event. Wind speeds and snowfall rates are increasing dramatically. Residents in the Crystal Bay area are advised to stay indoors until further notice. Avalanches large enough to break trees and move cars have occurred in Crystal Bay under similar storm circumstances.
No houses have ever been seriously damaged from large avalanches in Crystal Bay, but there is always a possibility that this could be the first time. Stay away from uphill windows and doors. This advisory may last for the next 24 hours, or longer, depending on how long the storm lasts. Road crews will not be plowing streets in the avalanche-danger area until further notice. Residents will be notified as soon as possible when the Warning is lifted. Please see this map for the affected areas in Crystal Bay.KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe Sparks News, Weather, Video