Few problems are reported as a result of weekend storms
South Lake Tahoe received three feet of snow over the weekend at lake level in a series of storms that hit all of the weather forecasters’ expectations, according to meteorologist Alex Hoon of the National Weather Service in Reno.
“We definitely fit the forecast,” Hoon said. “We were forecasting five to 10 feet from the beginning and two to three feet at lake level, so we hit it pretty good.”
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, there were several vehicle spinouts throughout the weekend but no major accidents. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and South Lake Tahoe Police Department on Sunday reported no major problems arising from the storm.
There were few power outages across the area, according to Sierra Pacific Power.
“There have been a few, not many at all. We’re quite pleased by that, especially on the north end of the lake,” said Sierra Pacific spokeswoman Faye Andersen.
The ski resorts received plenty of fresh snow, with Heavenly Mountain Resort receiving 64 to 96 inches of new snow in the 48 hours ending Sunday evening, according to the resort’s Web site.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort received 84 to 120 inches of snow as of Sunday evening while Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort received 56 to 90 inches.
And it’s not over yet.
The weather forecast predicts clouds this morning with scattered snow showers and a high of 30 degrees. The evening promises to be cloudy with a chance of snow and a low of 14 degrees, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Faucette.
According to Faucette, Tuesday will be brisk with snow and another system should move in that day. Three to six inches will fall at lake level and the high on Tuesday will be around 32 degrees.
South Lake Tahoe residents and visitors weathered the storm with few complaints.
“I’m skiing tomorrow,” Santa Rosa resident Katie Quinn said Sunday. “We haven’t driven the car yet. It’s probably buried in snow, but we’ll worry about that when we leave. I’m just going to drink beer and have a good time.”
Safeway employee Scott Gomes said he’s kept his “driving to a minimum” with all of the snow on the ground.
Gomes said he wishes more snow had come.
“I wish more had fallen,” he said. “I hope it keeps going. It’s a pain but so beautiful.”
Gomes said he even enjoys shoveling snow.
“It’s a neat feeling,” he said. “I feel all hearty and robust.”
Julie Alukas scraped snow off of her car in a parking lot Sunday. “It’s wonderful,” Alukas said about the snow. “It’s my first year with a ski pass at Heavenly. What’s not to love?”
All schools within the Lake Tahoe Unified School District will be closed on Monday, officials announced on the district’s snow phone. For more information call (530) 541-4636.
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