Tahoe Finishes Winter Snowpack at 53 Percent

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - March storms tried to make up for a lackluster winter in the Sierra and northern Nevada, but the effort fell short in the overall tallies for the winter water season.

The Natural Resources and Conservation Service on Monday said
preliminary readings show the Lake Tahoe basin received nearly 150
percent of average precipitation in March, but finished the water year at just 53 percent of normal.

It was a similar story in the Truckee River water basin.

Likewise, the Carson River basin ended the year at 43 percent of normal, while the Walker River basin was at 39 percent.

Hydrologist Dan Greenlee says many mountain sites have no snow
for this time of year. He adds that recent snowfall will melt quickly with warmer temperatures.