Thunderstorms, snow showers on horizon: Ski resorts on path to close despite huge base depths
April 25, 2005
An end to the deep powder has come.
Weather forecasters are calling for thunderstorms this week with a slight chance of snow showers above 6,000 feet.
Snow accumulation could be up to 3 inches over the next several days at 7,000 feet and above, rain showers at lake level, with Friday and Saturday bringing the coldest weather, said Jon Bonk, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Reno.
“Snow levels will definitely be above lake level,” said Bonk. “Maybe if you are hit just right, snow accumulation may be 3 inches at most. (But) you may not get any accumulation.”
A low pressure system is approaching the California coast, bringing light wind and moisture toward the basin.
Tahoe is entering its seventh month of snow for this winter season. On Oct. 17, the first in a series of fall storms dumped close to 4 feet at the higher elevations setting the stage for an endlessly stormy ski season.
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With some resorts opening early following the generous first storms, many have chosen to close despite huge base depths. Kirkwood’s last day is May 1, and now has a 14- to 18-foot base. Heavenly will also close May 1, and is reporting at 12-foot base.
Sierra-at-Tahoe closed April 18 with a 17-foot base at its summit.