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Snow returns to Tahoe

A series of storms has swept into the Sierra bringing more snow. The first wave brought snow as low as 2,500 feet in some areas.

Snow on Tallac, always a welcomed sight.
J Ferris

At the 4,000 foot level, around Baxter on U.S. 80, and Pollock Pines on U.S. 50, the day started out with a light dusting of snow. As the day has moved on, the snow turned to light rain.

Up in the higher country, snow has fallen most of the day. The ski resorts are hoping that this kind of weather continues to wing its way through our area for the rest of the winter and into spring.

The only down side of these storms is the snow level. It is predicted to rise as the weekend progresses. The Pineapple Express, as it's called, is heading this way with plenty of moisture. Unfortunately that moisture is coming straight out of the Pacific from Hawaii. That's what will drive the snow level up.

A call to Steve Hemphill at Sierra-at-Tahoe about the snow today to check the storm totals brought out this response:

"We've had snow all day. Right now we've gotten 6 more inches of snow. We are expecting a dusting overnight as well. Conditions will be very nice as a result."

He said that depending on the weather model, the area could be looking at a couple of feet of new snow before the storms head out early next week.

That's all very good news for skiers, boarders, xc skiers and snowshoers. Having the forest covered with snow, and at lower elevations, rain, is good for everyone.

Check out your favorite resort and the conditions here:




Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley


Diamond Peak



Soda Springs

Sugar Bowl


Mt. Rose

Tahoe Donner

Donner Ski Ranch

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