Sierra Snowpack One-Third Normal; Outlook Mixed

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Weather watchers in the Sierra Nevada say they need a "Miracle March" to recover from an abysmal winter that's produced only one-third of the normal snowpack.

Experts say it has happened before - most recently in 2011 when nearly 17 feet of snow fell on Alpine Meadows, the biggest March total in 41 years.

In 1991, a series of late storms boosted snowpack from a low of about 16 percent on March 1 to more than 60 percent on April 1.

Federal water master Chad Blanchard told the Reno Gazette Journal another March escape from drought is possible, but not likely.

The National Weather Service's monthlong outlook for the Reno-Lake Tahoe area is calling for equal chances of a wetter- or drier-than-normal period over the next 30 days.


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