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Tahoe Blizzard Prompts Ski Resorts to Advise Visitors to Stay Home

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As a dangerous and life-threatening blizzard descends on the Tahoe region, even some Northern California ski resorts are urging people to stay away for their safety. With strong winds, frigid temperatures, and an avalanche warning in effect, the risk of travel in the area is too high to ignore.

Palisades Tahoe took to social media to announce the closure of both Alpine and Palisades resorts for the day, emphasizing the importance of making safe decisions when it comes to travel. The wind gusts reached a staggering 145 mph overnight, with conditions expected to worsen even further on Friday night.

While a new snowstorm may sound enticing to snow enthusiasts, local officials and law enforcement are strongly advising against any unnecessary travel during this treacherous blizzard. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning over the Sierra Nevada, predicting up to 12 feet of snow accumulation in the highest peaks by Sunday.

By Thursday night, California Highway Patrol officials reported deteriorating conditions, with snow impacting visibility and causing a traffic gridlock over Donner Summit. The Greater Lake Tahoe area is expected to receive between 3 and 6 feet of snow, with wind gusts of up to 70 mph in higher elevations.

Several ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area made the decision to shut down on Friday morning due to the hazardous weather conditions, including Sugar Bowl, Boreal Mountain & Woodward, Homewood, Sierra at Tahoe, Kirkwood, and Mt. Rose. While some resorts like Northstar, Heavenly, and Diamond Peak had lifts operating by noon, they urged visitors to monitor updates throughout the day.

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The Sierra Avalanche Center in Truckee issued a backcountry avalanche warning for the Greater Lake Tahoe area until Sunday evening, adding an additional layer of caution for those considering venturing out in the challenging conditions.

CHP Officer Mike Brown echoed the sentiment, urging people to avoid unnecessary travel and emphasizing the importance of safety during such extreme weather conditions. For those who must travel, he recommends being prepared to install chains on vehicles and carrying essential supplies like food, water, extra clothes, and blankets in case of emergencies.

With Yosemite National Park also announcing closure and Mammoth Mountain experiencing disruptions due to the blizzard, it’s clear that the region is facing unprecedented challenges. It’s crucial for residents and visitors alike to heed the warnings from authorities and prioritize safety above all else.

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Two individuals sought for causing damage to popular rock formations at Lake Mead

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Las Vegas — Federal authorities are seeking the help of the public in identifying two men responsible for damaging rock formations at a national recreation site in Nevada.Officials at Lake Mead National Recreation Area announced on social media that the incident occurred over a recent weekend near the Redstone Dune Trail on the north side of the lake. The petrified red dunes in this area are a popular hiking destination within the park.A video shared by CBS Las Vegas affiliate KLAS-TV, which has since gone viral, shows two men pushing chunks of sandstone off an outcropping while a girl can be heard screaming. Park officials have condemned this behavior as appalling, emphasizing that the damage caused is irreversible.


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An image from a video recorded on the evening of April 7 shows two men vandalizing popular rock formations.
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“It’s one of my favorite places in the park, and they’re up there just destroying it. I don’t understand that,” said John Haynes, public information officer at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in an interview with television station KVVU.

Haynes also emphasized that destruction of this nature at federally protected sites can lead to felony charges, resulting in potential fines and jail time. Spanning 2,344 square miles of mountains and desert canyons, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a popular destination just outside Las Vegas, attracting around 6 million visitors annually. Due to staffing levels, park officials often rely on the public to help monitor resources within the park boundaries.

Visitors are urged to use their cellphones to capture videos or photos of any suspicious activity, provided it is safe to do so, and to gather any information, such as license plate numbers, that could aid in identifying the offenders. The National Park Service operates a tip line that receives numerous submissions each year. The tip line number is 888-653-0009, and an online reporting option is also available.

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“It’s crucial to inform us of any such incidents,” Haynes added.

Over the past decade, there have been several cases of vandalism on federal land across the Western United States, with visitors defacing petroglyphs, toppling rock formations, and damaging centuries-old rock art.

 

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