A second snowfall Monday night brought about 10 inches of snow to many Tahoe and Truckee neighborhoods and more than another foot to Donner Summit, where Boreal Ski Resort plans to open Friday.
Truckee schools closed Tuesday for a "snow day," and both the U.S. Forest Service's Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Tahoe National Forest have lifted fire restrictions.
Tahoe City received 10.5 inches Monday night, said Dawn Fishler of the National Weather Service, while snowfall in Truckee ranged from 8 inches at Truckee-Tahoe Airport to 14 inches in Tahoe Donner, a higher-elevation neighborhood.
That brings the airport's total from the entire storm, which began Sunday night, to 10.5 inches; Tahoe-Donner's to 30 inches, and most other Truckee neighborhoods and those in Tahoe City to 15 inches.
Randall Osterhuber, at U.C. Berkeley's Central Sierra Snow Laboratory at 6,900 feet near Norden on Donner Summit, said the lab has received a total of 27.5 inches out of the storm so far.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort received another foot at its base Monday night and 14 inches at the top of its slopes, bringing its totals to 24 and 28 inches respectively, Fishler said.
Another, lighter system is on the way, she said, with 3 to 6 inches expected Wednesday morning below 7,000 feet and 6 to 8 inches above.
The early snow ended fire restrictions in the Tahoe National Forest Monday.
On Tuesday, the Tahoe Basin Management Unit also lifted fire restrictions and, in conjunction with local fire chiefs, opened residential burning.
However, while campfires are now allowed outside established campgrounds in the Tahoe National Forest, the Tahoe Basin has stricter regulations year-round.
"Most of the Lake Tahoe backcountry is essentially stove-only and a valid campfire permit is required," said Cheva Heck of the Management Unit.
The same regulation applies within Desolation Wilderness, Heck said, adding that developed campgrounds usually allow for campfires year-round, though few at Lake Tahoe are still open.
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