Tahoe Basin Snowpack Water Content Reached 104 Percent of Average

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 18, 2016 / comments

[by Sebastian Foltz]  After a quiet February, the Lake Tahoe region’s snowpack recovered significantly following early March storms.

“We far exceeded our expected March total,” California Department of Water Resources chief of snow surveys David Rizzardo said. “That was a good turnaround from February.”

Snow and rain totals yielded 14 inches of precipitation in and around the Tahoe Basin, more than double the average for the entire month of March. As a result, Tahoe-Truckee ski resorts recorded between 50 and 110 inches of snow during the two weeks of storms.

“This last round of storms did an amazing amount of good,” Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain Resort spokesman Kevin Cooper said. “There are lines people are dropping that we haven’t seen in a long time.”

Speaking of the snowpack, National Weather Service Reno office senior hydrologist Tim Bardsley said, “The storms brought us back up. This is a good step in the right direction.”

The Tahoe Basin snowpack water content reached 104 percent of average this week, which Bardsley said is traditionally the peak week for the season...

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