Chilly weather to blast Tahoe
Pull out those gloves, scarfs and mittens. Looks like you’re going to need them.
This week is slated to be unusually chilly, possibly resulting in another snowstorm over the weekend.
“Right now the models are showing another chance of some snow showers for the weekend, but it won’t be quite as cold as it is right now,” National Weather Service Forecaster Steve Goldstein said Monday. “The temperatures have been below normal. The average high right now is in the middle to upper 30s and I don’t think it’s going to get that warm until the end of the week. Thursday and Friday we might see things warm up.”
According to Goldstein, there may be some sunshine today but it will stay quite cold, with brisk breezes at higher elevations.
And while last weekend’s weather caused rosy noses and frozen windshield wipers, it also brought in big business for local ski resorts.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Heavenly Ski Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe profited from Thursday’s storm, making the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend a doozy.
“We have a 38- to 60-inch base and I think that is the perfect invitation to a holiday weekend,” Sierra spokeswoman Megan Moore said. “The roads were extremely clear over the weekend and that is the best combination for us, snow midweek and clear roads.”
Moore said Sierra-at-Tahoe exceeded its budgeted numbers Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We looked at the same three days last season and we are definitely ahead of volume on skier visits. We got 30 inches of new snow Thursday. That was definitely the kicker on preparing us for this weekend.”
Kristen Aggers, communications coordinator at Heavenly, said the cold temperatures have been a nice treat.
“It keeps the snow in great shape and allows the groomers to do their magic in the evenings,” Aggers said. “We’re really happy with the weekend we had. With the new snow conditions, the skiers and snowboarders were all really excited. Thursday morning we had up to 18 inches of fresh snow and over the last three days we’ve had between 6 and 8 inches of snow.”
Kirkwood got 36 inches Thursday, securing a 36- to 66-inch base.
“This weekend was at or above record for Martin Luther King weekend, so we’re doing better than last year,” Kirkwood spokeswoman Tania Pilkinton said. “We had about another inch as of 5 a.m. (Monday) morning.”
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