Truckee Winter Wonderland

Our pretty little mountain town in the Sierra Nevada got buried last week, Tuesday-Thursday, as a classic atmospheric river rolled across the state. The first 24 hours, the storm was underwhelming. We were disappointed to only get about a foot of snow that first night. Weak. It snowed lightly during the day, off and on, accumulating about 6″, but nothing serious. Wednesday evening, we shoveled the decks again, just in case the storm wasn’t over.

Spoiler alert – it was NOT over!

Wednesday night, 8:00 pm
Thursday morning, 6:30 am

We woke up Thursday morning, January 28, 2021, to find that the snow was too deep for our dogs to make it out into the backyard.

Somehow the dogs and I were able to get out of the driveway for our morning walk – we had to wade through the thigh-deep snow (over the dogs heads) and then army crawl over the snowbank.

We walked around the hood as our neighbors on Pine Cone Drive attempted to break through the berms that the county plow had left on each driveway. I returned just as my boyfriend, Steve, and our neighbor across the street, Chris, victoriously cut through at the exact same time and met in the middle for a high five.

Chris and Steve with the dueling Hondas

Bruno had fun playing in the backyard throughout the day.

Later that night, I decided to go for a run around the neighborhood and into downtown Truckee to check out the scene.

Jax at the Tracks‘ patio is behind this wall of snow
The historic River Street Inn and 1882 Bar and Grill
The Truckee Hotel (fun fact I was the GM from 1999-2004) and Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats
a very snowy Truckee Hotel and Moody’s sidewalk
The Squeeze In restaurant, a favorite breakfast and lunch spot
Downtown Truckee is fortunate to have a beautiful bookstore – Word After Word Bookshop
Kalifornia Jean Bar, a fancy clothing shop
Pianeta, the best Italian restaurant around
Looking back on an empty Commercial Row in downtown Truckee. Perfect conditions for a run.
This little snowy gathering spot is next to the California 89 store
Looking back downtown from said snowy gathering spot
Had to swing by Coffeebar on Jibboom Street
Last but not least, Cottonwood – a longtime favorite restaurant with the best views in town. Before COVID, you could have probably found me sitting at the bar in Cottonwood during a storm like this – they used to have happy hour pricing anytime we were under a winter storm warning. Hoping to get back to that someday soon!

8 responses to Truckee Winter Wonderland

    • jenellep says:

      Thanks! We didn’t measure it – but it was about 1.5′ the first dump and waist-high the second. so 5 ish feet at our house??


  1. Sandie says:

    Thank you so much for posting these. Such great photos! We had to leave town last Wednesday for South Carolina for family reasons. We live in Martiswoods, lived here a long time. We hated missing the storm and your pics are awesome. I’m an old high school friend of Kathy Millon, Julia’s mom.

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    • jenellep says:

      Hi Sandie, thanks for leaving a note! I love Kathy; it’s great to meet you on here. Hope you have a safe trip to South Carolina.


  2. Sandie says:

    Thank you so much for posting those beautiful photos. We had to leave last Wednesday for South Carolina for family reasons, we have lived here a long time, the last 25 years in martiswoods. We HATED missing the storm! I’m a high school friend of Kathy Millon, mom to Julia, and have seen your running history. So cool! Thanks again!


  3. Hine Susan & Derek says:

    Thanks so much for the beautiful photos!
    We were not there so pleased to see how much wonderful snow you had!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nevin Miller says:

    Wow – what great images. Thanks. I live in the Bay Area during the week – and Truckee on weekends – and last weekend was just plain fabulous.

    Liked by 1 person

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