Incredible video shows massive walls of snow surrounding a Lake Tahoe home where dozens of residents are covered in snow, as the Golden State braces for two more storms imminently.
Miles Clark, an avid skier, was “shocked” when he arrived at his friend’s house in Olympic Valley last Thursday to house sit.
The house has huge snowbanks lining the driveway that are nearly twice as tall as Clark’s, at eight to 10 feet. The only visible part of the property is the gate and front wall, with a thick layer of snow hanging overhead and a precarious path carved around the building.
These large snow-covered walls are life-threatening, as roofs can collapse and large chunks of snow can unexpectedly fall onto the walkway.
“Honestly, I was too scared to take it off because I didn’t want to spend my time even standing on that catwalk,” he told the outlet. Saint Francis Gate. She said she started running down the walkway every time he had to leave the house because she feared another personal avalanche would occur and threaten her life.
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Miles Clark, an avid skier, was ‘shocked’ when he arrived at his friend’s Olympic Valley home (pictured) in Lake Tahoe last Thursday to house sit.
The house has huge snowbanks lining the driveway, nearly twice as tall as Clark’s, at eight to 10 feet, rising up to the front door, where thickly packed snow hangs overhead. The only part of the house that was visible is the front door and wall, as the sides of the house and the roof are covered in feet of snow.
“I knew it had snowed a lot in Tahoe, but its situation is relatively unique,” Miles told SF Gate. ‘It really piled up there, and they ended up with snow everywhere.
“We live for this,” continued the founder of the CEO of a sports media company called SnowBrains. “But then I started to feel a little pessimistic when some of the snow collapsed on the walkway. It would probably be fatal (if it had been there).
The community of owners removed the snow the next day.
Clark is no stranger to the incredible amount of snow in the Tahoe area, having lived in the area for decades. Alumni at the University of California, Berkeley have seen the massive snowfalls of 2006, 2011, 2017 and 2019, but said they had never seen anything like it.
“I have seen many years of snow, but something is strange in this one, perhaps because all the snow arrived in a short time. All the snow accumulates on the roofs. This is the most snow I’ve ever seen, especially on top of the roofs. It’s unbelievable,’ he told the outlet.
A popular ski area is seeing a completely different landscape as snow reaches so high that skiers can reach the top of the cable car, rendering it inoperable.
Many houses are covered in snow when feet of snow block them
So much snow has accumulated on houses that some roofs are collapsing
The snow is so heavy in some parts of California that it came all the way to the top of stop signs
He said that the terrain is being killed by the large amount of snow. Even a popular ski area is seeing a completely different landscape as the white stuff reaches so high that skiers can top off the lift, rendering it inoperable.
Ski patrolmen are working to clear the snow, but it’s a long process.
Despite being a “winter sports enthusiast,” Clark left for Utah on Tuesday because “the rain scared me.”
The Golden State has been hit by a series of storms in recent weeks and is bracing for two more, which could bring up to four feet of snow fall in the Sierra Nevada and dump inches of rain.
The first storm is expected to hit on Sunday, affecting California, Oregon and Washington.
It is forecast to bring two to three inches of rain in the valleys, while it could bring a few feet of snow at higher elevations.
Two more storms are expected to hit California again. The first is expected to arrive Sunday bringing inches of rain and a few feet of snow, while the second is expected to arrive Tuesday bringing more snow.
The Sierra Nevada could also see a total snow impact of up to four feet (pictured: Truckee, CA)
A Union Pacific train was covered in snow and ice earlier this month.
Power outages are expected when storms hit next week (pictured: Truckee, CA)
The second storm, which is expected to hit Tuesday and Wednesday, will be more severe.
Los Angeles could receive up to three inches of rain, according to Fox Weather, while San Diego could receive one to two inches.
‘That’s where we have the threat of flooding throughout Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Mariposa. It’s not an extreme threat, but even a little is cause for concern because many of these communities and many of the homes are still reeling from some of the devastation this season,” said Fox Weather Meteorologist Brigit Mahoney.
The storms could bring total Sierra Nevada snowfall to four feet.
Power outages are expected.