Washoe County School District: Winter Storms

February 18, 2011 by USA Post 

Washoe County School District, (AP) – A pair of winter storms dropped 2 to 4 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada before the Presidents Day weekend, and more snow on the road. Alpine Meadows ski resort just north of Lake Tahoe reported up to 35 centimeters of snow on a 24 hour period ending Thursday morning for a total of 4 1 / 2 feet of snow since Tuesday night. Other Tahoe resorts are offering similar powder. “Mother Nature has really started up a gear” in a dry place after February January, “said Alpine Meadows spokeswoman Rachael Woods.

Resort operators said the timing of the snow is good because the Presidents Day weekend is traditionally one of their peak seasons. The latest storm has made common chain controls in the Sierra, including the three major highways linking the regions of Sacramento, Calif., and Lake Tahoe: Donner Summit on Interstate 80, U.S. 50 over Echo Summit and Highway 88 on Carson Pass. Subject to restrictions, chains are required on all vehicles except those with four-wheel drive.

National Weather Service forecasters said motorists should expect Sierra chain controls more lengthy delays and road closures over the next two to three days were more storms hammer the region.

A winter storm warning was in effect until 4 pm Saturday at Lake Tahoe, where another 2 to 3 feet of snow was expected Friday afternoon at higher altitudes.

Another 3 to 6 inches of snow was expected in the region of Reno-Carson City when the storm warning expires there at 4:00 p.m. Friday. Carson City reported 7 inches of snow since Tuesday night.

The storm also shut down schools in the district-Tahoe Truckee Unified School and led the two-hour delays for schools in School District Washoe County around Reno.

California and Nevada water officials are welcoming the storm, noting the Sierra runoff provides much of the water for homes, farms and businesses in the states.

The storms have prompted the water content of the snowpack the Lake Tahoe up to 127 percent of the average for the date. This figure of Tahoe were more than 200 percent of normal for the time after a snow unusually December and November, but dropped after a dry January.

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