2 Feet of Snow in Sierra Around Tahoe, More on the Way

As much as two feet of snow had fallen on much of the Sierra by early today and another storm is expected to move in Saturday to the region badly in need of precipitation.

The Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows and Heavenly ski
resorts around Lake Tahoe all reported two feet or more of new snow. Mount Rose ski resort on the highway between Reno and the lake reported seven inches of new snow.

In northeast Nevada, the US Forest Service issued a warning today for "extreme avalanche danger" in the back country of the Ruby Mountains above Lamoille Canyon south of Elko.

Even with more snow on the way, much of northern Nevada is on
pace to have significantly less than average snowfall.

Dan Greenlee is a hydrologist with the US Natural Resources Conservation Service. He says the water content in the snow pack
currently is about 40 percent to 50 percent of average and it would
take 300 percent of normal snowfall for March to get the snow pack
up to average.

He says the latest storms could bump it up five percent to 10 percent.

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