Yep, we're in the zone where I live that is calling for numerous events of snow and ice. The almanac says that the most of it will be just north of us but i've learned to expect more of the bad stuff because we live just about on the border between the two states and at the foot of some pretty big mountains. Fronts coming in can be readily recognized-not much time to prepare. According to the almanac, it should be fairing by end of March.
I think top elevation for you area is about 2,980 feet, it is just a pass for us. Snoqualmie Pass on I-90 Elevation: 3022 ft / 921 mStevens Pass on US 2 Elevation: 4061 ft / 1238 mBlewett Pass US97 Elevation: 4102 ft / 1250 m White Pass on US 12 Elevation:4500 ft / 1372 mWauconda Pass SR20 Elevation: 4310 ft / 1314 mSherman Pass on SR 20 Elevation: 5575 ft / 1699 mChinook Pass SR410 Elevation: 5430 ft / 1655 mWe have 15 pass in all we can move in our state with out going over a pass. Some highest mountains in Washington state.Mount Rainier, 14,411'/4392m,Mount Adams, 12,276'/3742mLittle Tahoma Peak, 11,138'/3395mMount Baker, 10,775'/3284mGlacier Peak, 10,541'/3213mBonanza Peak, 9,511'/2899mMount Stuart, 9,415'/2870mMount Fernow, 9,249'/2819mGoode Mountain, 9,220'/2810mMount Shuksan, 9,127'/2782m,There are over 100 Mount or Peaks over 8,000' high.
Not my area, we live around 3000' and in the shadow of a mountain at 4800', we range between 10,000' and Mt. Whitney at 14,494 to the South.Donner Pass about 25 miles to the N/E is 7,057 feet and that isn't even the peak and just to hit Tahoe about 20 miles away is 10,000' for us.Luckily we don't have to go up to go to the city for supplies, it's all downhill from here, except out the driveway, we have to crest one mountain, then it's not so bad.Where we live is all mountains, there are no valleys, so you are either cresting, or descending, if you aren't 4 wheeling, you absolutely need chains, or you won't be moving and even chains aren't a guarantee you'll get there.
I have been to Tahoe 3 times. Also been over Donner Pass 6 times, last time over Donner was 4 years ago going home. I remember on road out of Tahoe that was about one line in some area way up high. You could look down on both sides, one hell of a drop on each side. My wife did not say a word as there was no way of truning around. But when we got on a reg-two line road she had a lot to say.
Sounds like you went one of two ways, either HWY 50 West out of Tahoe, or the Forest hill road, which runs the canyon and has a mile nearly vertical drop straight down. (Freakin Scary)The first time I went that way, I was driving a USFS fire truck, damn near shit my pants when I looked over the edge.Your wife had every right to freak... I should take Toy that way next time I come back the long way.
28º outside right now, calling for 29º for the hight today.
All those high peaks would scare the be-Jesus outta' me. I couldn't handle all that.You all are proof that living out there can be done but I'm not that much of a pioneer.
LOL...... got up to a fresh 1/2 " of snow and 25º out this A.M. Today calling for 36º tops. I think Winter has started.
We finallyu warmed up after a week of below freezing weather 24/7.
We have G/W coming up. Mon 45º/41ºTue 48º/45ºWed 50º/35º