Open the floodgates

Robb Gaffney digs in at elevation 8,900 feet.

Several days of torrential rainfall threatened to flood the Truckee River along highway 89 and in Reno.  Snow levels dropped earlier than expected on Sunday preventing any serious damage.  In classic Tahoe form, avalanche conditions went from high during yesterday’s rain/snow event to very stable today.  High snow levels for most of the storm left a huge contrast between valley floors (dirt) and higher elevations (solid base and great powder).

Surging Truckee River on Sunday, December 2.  Elevation 5,900 feet.

Downtown Reno on Sunday.  Many bridges were closed to pedestrians and traffic as a precautionary measure.

Elevation 8,300 feet on Monday, December 3.

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