Look what’s back: snow.
After some snow showers several times in late September, there had been no signs of the white stuff until Sunday night when it began snowing hard in the Lake Tahoe region.
The temperatures today in Truckee are only expected to hit around 39, while the lows are in the mid-20s. Chance of snow is 90 percent. Evening temperatures for the next week are expected to stay in the 20s and possibly lower, according to the National Weather Service.
Boreal Mountain ski resort is expecting possibly as much as 5 inches of snow today and no doubt will be firing up its snow-making equipment.
Boreal operated 14 of its snow-making guns on Sept. 27. Boreal is the “king” of early-season openings. A year ago, Boreal was offering skiing and snowboarding on Oct. 26.
However, for the first time in more than a decade, another Tahoe resort opened earlier. Squaw Valley ran its lifts last fall on Oct. 25, then quickly shut them down in early afternoon.
Two years ago, Boreal opened for skiing and riding on Oct. 28. The earliest opening in Boreal’s history was Oct. 9, 2010.
Boreal, located off Interstate 80 at Donner Summit, typically starts its season with one lift for skiers and riders. And often times its hours of operation are from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Some other announced openings for ski season include:
• Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Mount Rose: Nov. 22
• Diamond Peak: Dec. 12
• Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows: Nov. 27