Emerald Bay of Lake Tahoe freezes over for first time in decades

Emerald Bay of Lake Tahoe froze for the first time in decades

In a message from the Directorate California State Parks states: “Emerald Cove has partially frozen over due to recent storms. Fannett Island is covered in snow. But don't plan on walking or skating on thin ice as it's not safe.

Unusual beautiful scenery, however, pleases only tourists: precautions have been taken throughout the state, an emergency order has been issued to send all available local and federal resources to help. Mayor of South Lake Tahoe — the most populous city in El Dorado County — activated a virtual emergency operations center by posting it on the city's website.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said this complex winter storm was caused by an “Atmospheric River” that caused weather chaos across throughout California.

Natural phenomena under this name are characterized by areas of high concentration of water vapor in the atmosphere. They carry large volumes of moisture from tropical regions to mid-latitudes and cause heavy rainfall, storms and flooding.

The meteorologists said in a statement: “This powerful storm is expected to bring heavy snowfall in the mountains and gusty winds from the Sierra to the Rocky Mountains.

Emerald Bay — the only cove on Lake Tahoe. It covers an area of ​​more than 6.2 square kilometers and is located on the territory of Emerald Bay State Park. The local viewing platforms are recognized as one of the best photographers from around the world.

The — it is also a place where many tourist attractions are collected, which are popular with travelers. One of the most popular — Vikingsholm Castle, a 38-room waterfront mansion built in the early 1900s. The castle is currently closed and will reopen to visitors on May 27.

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