Spring may be only ten days away, but it still seems like January in the Sierra Nevada.
A series of powerful March storms have boosted the hopes of
skiers, farmers and others who count of the Sierra snowpack for
recreation or livelihood.
On Alpine Meadows ski resort's mid-mountain just north of Lake
Tahoe, March storms so far have dumped eleven feet of snow compared
with the month's average of seven-and-a-half feet.
The latest storm brought up to 21 inches of snow overnight, and
is prompting chain controls on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit and
U-S 50 over Echo Summit.
Resort officials say the storms have set the stage for a long,
above-average spring skiing season in the Sierra.