Basin soaks in sunshine |

Basin soaks in sunshine

Mary Thompson

After nearly a full week without snow falling from the sky, is it safe to say that spring has finally sprung in Tahoe?

Bob Melrose, a National Weather Service specialist, thinks so.

“All and all, it looks like a pretty good week,” he said. “We’re in the clear right up through Thursday.”

With a dry forecast, people could look forward to a nice, relaxing week of golf, tennis or swimming in the lake.

Swimming in the lake?

Apparently, it’s already been done this season.

“We saw people swimming in the lake earlier today,” said Ilana Rugg, a George Whittell High School teacher, during a quiet Sunday afternoon at Regan Beach. “They were out there in their bathing suits, all they way up to there necks and then they came up here and stood around in their wet bathing suits.”

While some took a dip in the icy waters of the lake, others lounged around on the grass and soaked up the rays.

Like Greg and Cathy Haley, of Sacramento.

“We just got married last night,” he said. “And you couldn’t have asked for better weather.”

While most of the snow is gone from town with grass and flowers sprouting up in even the shadiest of places, Brian Kepford of Sierra Cycle Works said the season for mountain biking is taking a slow start.

“Right now there’s the bike path,” he said. “Everything else is still under the snow.

“We actually have a contest going at the shop on when we’ll get the first question about the flume trail,” Kepford said. “I say by next Saturday we’ll get our first request.”

He said that it may be a while before the flume trail, near Nevada State Route 28, or any other high-elevation trail is free of snow.

But, according to the forecast given by the National Weather Service in Reno, the next few days could increase the chances for a quicker meltdown.

“Starting Monday, there’s going to be higher temperatures,” he said.

“And by Tuesday, we could see Stateline go into the low 70s.

“And, possibly, another cooling trend by Thursday.”

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