Late Spring Storm A Surprise For Tahoe Visitors

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ZEPHYR COVE, NV - The calendar says in barely a month it will officially be summer.

Tuesday, just below Spooner Summit, it felt like winter. Snow was still falling on the upper slopes of the Tahoe Basin at midday.

Down below at lake level, it had turned to rain, turning Monday night's snow to slush.

No one venturing out on the water. No beach volleyball on the shore. Some years might have seen people basking in the sun here, sipping margaritas under thatched palapas,.perhaps a few even trying the frigid water.

In fact they were doing just that a few days ago. And that's what some in the RV campground across the highway might have expected.

"We came through Arizona and stayed in some really warm weather," says Don Albright, who brought his family from Raleigh, North Carolina.

"Shorts and T-shirts and the kids were swimming in pools yesterday to this today," he adds, gesturing at the wet snow outside the door of his RV.

It's the luck of the draw. A camping trip to Lake Tahoe in late May can get you on the beach at 80 degrees or it can get you this. How well you cope depends on your attitude.

Robert Hannis and his wife drove up from sunny San Diego with a different Tahoe experience in mind.

"I woke up to a foot and a half of snow all over everything," he says.

But it turned out to be an unexpected treat for his wife.

"She'd never been in snow falling on us. This was the first time."

What did she think?

"She loved it. She was like a little kid in a candy shop. She couldn't stop looking out the window."

In fact, everyone we talked with seemed to be adapting. There's this to say about a late spring storm like this. Coming after ski season, but before the warm weather crowds, it catches Tahoe at its quietest.

Just ask Steve Witham, who drove up from Santa Rosa and plans to check out properties

"Tahoe's great no matter what."