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March 12, 2013
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Storms make way for blue skies

Following a series of storms that brought some much needed precipitation to the Lake Tahoe Basin, sunny weather is expected to return to the area this weekend and into next week.

South Shore ski resorts reported receiving up to 23 inches of snow during the past week, a welcome change from the historically dry conditions experienced in January and February.

But the mostly clear weather of the past two months will make a quick comeback. Clear skies and warm temperatures are forecasted through the coming week. The expected high for Saturday is about 40 degrees, with high temperatures rising into the mid-50s next week, according to the National Weather Service.

The region could see some moisture returning to the area next weekend though, according to snow forecaster Bryan Allegretto at http://opensnow.com.

“Models are still up in the air about how much moisture will still be getting pulled in from across the Pacific,” Allegretto wrote in a Friday post. “We may start with some higher snow levels next weekend and then falling as the colder air pushes South. We could see light or heavy amounts of precip depending on how much moisture is still feeding into the jet stream under the ridge off the coast.”

This past week’s snowfall bumped the water content of the snowpack in the Lake Tahoe Basin up to 69 percent of its historic median water content for this time of year, according to the most recent data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

“However ... it will take a series of strong storm systems to return the snowpack to normal conditions by April 1st ... which is the typical time of maximum snowpack accumulation,” according to a Thursday outlook from the National Weather Service. “It appears very unlikely that snowpacks can recover from the current deficit this late into the wet season.”


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 12, 2013 08:56PM Published Mar 12, 2013 11:18PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.