A crippling blizzard has dumped as much as 6 to 11 feet of snow on California’s Sierra Nevada since Thursday, closing roads and ski resorts as it produced white-out conditions and hurricane-force winds. The snow had eased across the region early Monday, but forecasters said more is to come through Tuesday afternoon, and winter storm warnings are in effect.
Steve Alford often praises the Nevada team’s defense and the defense was outstanding, again, on Saturday night.
The Wolf Pack cruised past Loyola Marymount, 73-59, in front of 7,851 fans at Lawlor Events Center on Saturday, thanks largely to holding the Lions to 33 percent shooting from the field (23-59).
Jarod Lucas led the Wolf Pack with 20 points, Nick Davidson added 12 and Tre Coleman had 10 as Nevada improved to 6-0. The Pack dished out 17 assists and had just five turnovers.
Nevada lost at Loyola Marymount last season.
“I loved our energy,” Alford said after Saturday’s win. “I loved our attention to detail defensively. We really defended. We worked the last 48 hours working on ball pressure because we didn’t like what it was against Montana.”
Nevada beat Montana, 77-66, on Nov. 29,
Nevada is one of 16 remaining unbeaten Division I teams in the nation. Nevada has trailed for just 3:52 of game time this the season.
Alford was happy the Pack guarded well without fouling, committing 15 foul, to 27 for the Lions.
“We really imposed our will defensively, and that’s what we’ve got to be able to do,” he said. “It was across the board defensively. Daniel Foster was terrific. Tre did a lot of great things defensively.”
Nevada made just two from the 3-point line, out of eight attempts, while the Lions were 9-30 from the arc.
The Wolf Pack hit 21-of-27 from the free throw line, Davidson hit 6-6 and Lucas hit 5-6; while the Lions were 10-14 from the line.
The Lions were 10-14 from the free throw line.
“We’re not shooting the ball lights out, but it’s another double-figure win because of dominating at the free throw line,” Alford said. “That’s usually an indicator sign your offense is being physical and attacking the paint.”
The Pack outscored LMU, 36-16, in the paint.
Alford said Tylan Pope is about two weeks away from returning. Pope, who transferred from Tulane, suffered a hand injury before this season.
“He’s another big guard who is athletic and he ls a shot blocker. He’s a rebounder,” Alford said of the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Pope. “His gift is his physical strength.”
Nevada and LMU have played 31 times as Division I opponents, with the Lions holding a 17-14 advantage over the Pack.
Nevada hosts UC Davis (3-3) at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Aggies are coming off a 71-59 loss at Oregon State on Thursday.
Former Nevada player Kane Milling is a senior guard for the Aggies.
Nevada’s Upcoming Games
- Dec. 6, vs UC Davis, 6 p.m.
- Dec. 9, vs. Drake at Henderson, Nevada, 4:30 p.m.
- Dec. 13, vs. Weber State, 7 p.m.
- Dec. 17, at Hawaii, 7 p.m.
- Dec. 21, vs Temple, at Honolulu, noon
- Dec. 22, vs TCU/Old Dominion, at Honolulu
- Dec. 24, vs TBA, at Honolulu
- Dec. 30, vs. Fresno Pacific, 7 p.m.
Sierra Nevada buried by up to 11 feet of snow, and more is coming
- 6-12 inches of additional snowfall possible above 4,000 feet Monday afternoon through Tuesday from I-80 northward.
- Locally higher amounts up to 2 feet possible at the highest peaks.
- Periods of moderate mountain travel impacts expected through Tuesday night.
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“We will be digging out for the foreseeable future,” officials said on the resort’s blog.
According to Brittney McClain, store manager of South Lake Tahoe Ace Hardware, after last year’s major snowstorm, they had several people come in to the store to pick up supplies like snow blowers, shovels, and ice melt. While they haven’t had as much of a rush as they’d initially thought for over the weekend, she believes it’s mostly due to ‘people hunkering down and waiting things through.’
“But as, the sun comes out and before the next storms roll in, what’s going to happen is a lot of that snow is going to become compacted, meaning that we’re going to get a lot more ice and that type of stuff,” said McClain. “So we’re going to probably see an uptick in folks picking up ice melt, more shovels, and I would say probably the ice picks, that type of stuff to try to help remove that ice and get back down the asphalt as soon as possible. ”
Collins, the meteorologist, said some ski areas reported getting nearly 7 feet (2 meters) of snow. More than 10 feet (three meters) of snow was expected at higher elevations, National Weather Service meteorologist William Churchill said Saturday, creating a “life-threatening concern” for residents near Lake Tahoe and blocking travel on the east-west freeway. He called the storm an “extreme blizzard” for the Sierra Nevada but said he didn’t expect records to be broken.
“It’s certainly just about as bad as it gets in terms of the snow totals and the winds,” Churchill said. “It doesn’t get much worse than that.”
The storm began barreling into the region Thursday. A blizzard warning through Sunday morning covered a 300-mile (480-kilometer) stretch of the mountains. A second, weaker storm was forecast to bring an additional 1 to 2 feet of snow in the region between Monday and Wednesday next week, according to the National Weather Service office in Sacramento.
Susie Kocher, a forestry advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension, lives in the community of Meyers in South Lake Tahoe, and says it’s snowed nonstop since Thursday. She measured the snowpack at 4.5 feet today and says the region is still forecasted to receive between 2-3 more feet by Monday. While she hasn’t seen many people walking or driving down her street, everyone around her still has power. She said the snow has been easier to manage compared to last year.
“The thing that’s different about this snowstorm compared to last year [is that] last year was a really harsh year,” said Kocher. “We had somewhere around 45 feet of snow at my house. It lasted all winter long, there were just constant snowstorms, and it was a lot of work to dig out. And, it didn’t stop very often. So this isn’t quite as bad as that yet.”
Colin McCarthy, an Atmospheric Science student at UC Davis who runs a storm watch account on X, formerly known as Twitter, says it has been snowing in Truckee for 72 hours straight and ‘the sun has not come out once.’
“Many Truckee locals say this is the most impressive blizzard they have ever seen in town,” said McCarthy. “We have seen extreme blizzard conditions covering the storm the last three days where at times you can’t see even 5 feet in front of you. A small avalanche just occurred on Highway 50, meaning there is no west options out of Tahoe now. This is a storm many won’t forget for a while.”
Near Lake Tahoe, the Alibi Ale Works brewpub and restaurant was one of the few businesses open on Saturday. Bartender Thomas Petkanas said about 3 feet (1 meter) of snow had fallen by midday, and patrons were shaking off snow as they arrived.
“It’s snowing pretty hard out there, really windy, and power is out to about half the town,” Petkanas said by telephone.
California authorities on Friday shut down 100 miles (160 kilometers) of I-80, the main route between Reno and Sacramento, because of “spin outs, high winds, and low visibility.” There was no estimate when the freeway would reopen from the California-Nevada border west of Reno to near Emigrant Gap, California.
Rudy Islas spent about 40 minutes shoveling his car out before heading to work at a coffee shop in Truckee, California, on Sunday morning. Neither he nor his customers were fazed by the snow, he said.
“To be honest, if you’re a local, it’s not a big deal,” he said. “I think a lot of people are used to the snow and they prepare for it.”
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