“Now gusting 209 mph as of 745 AM! This could potentially be a new California state record wind speed if verified! However, the verification process takes several months to complete.” –Kirkwood
It has not yet been confirmed but Kirkwoord Ski Resort in South Lake, Tahoe is reporting they measured 209mph gusts at the peak and may have set a new record for strongest winds ever recorded in the state of California.
The record setting wind blast was captured around 7:45 a.m. by an instrument at 9,186 feet on Kirkwood Mountain. The previous record was a gust of 199 mph at Ward Mountain west of Lake Tahoe on Nov. 16, 2017.
The storm system brought a strong cold front to California, but not much rain or snow. Waves cresting at 5 feet were recorded on Lake Tahoe, where air temperatures dipped below freezing.