Courtesy of Truckee Press.
Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Truckee is just 200 miles northeast of San Francisco, California; 100 miles east of Sacramento, California; 40 miles west of Reno, Nevada; and 12 miles north of Lake Tahoe, California.
Downtown Truckee: 5,980 ft. Donner Summit: 7,239 ft. Donner Peak: 8,019 ft. Mt. Judah: 8,243 ft.
Town of Truckee: 16,180 (source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census)
Average Summer Temperature: 40-79 degrees Fahrenheit
Average Winter Temperature: 17-42 degrees Fahrenheit
Average Total Snowfall: 201 inches
Average Total Precipitation: 30 inches (source: Western Regional Climate Center)
Coldest Spot in the Nation?
Truckee has often been recognized as the coldest spot in the nation, but not during the winter ski season as one might expect. These nippy temperatures are noteworthy because they occur from June through early October. While it may be true, it really doesn’t give a true picture of Truckee’s pristine California weather pattern. Official temperatures are taken at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport, located in Martis Valley. On clear nights, cool air from the high mountains sink downslope into the valley, a high-elevation basin. The dense air mass settles into the basin, creating a chilled microclimate contributing to the chilly readings. As the sun begins to rise, so does the temperature, creating enviable summer and fall temperatures.