The storm door has opened and snow is falling in the Sierra. The series of storms blowing through will bring snow to the mountains, perhaps as much as 24". The Sacramento valley will enjoy periods of rain.
The ski resorts couldn't be happier. These storms allow them to shut down the snow making machines. The added snow contributes to a snowpack that desperately needs it.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting snow for the rest of the week, and into the weekend. More snow is on tap for next week.
Sierra-at-Tahoe has recorded 10" of snow at the top of the mountain, and 8" at the base in the last 24 hours.
Squaw Valley reports 6" over the last 24 hours, with Alpine Meadows gaining slightly less.
Mt. Rose has an additional 4".
The good news is that it is still snowing, and it will continue. Steve Hemphill, Communications Director at Sierra, says it simply: "Pow days are calling."
The timing is wonderful, as the spring break for schools and Universities starts rolling through the calendar in April.
Best time to buy a season pass is now. Optimists rule the season pass lines.
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