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Flurry of activity to continue

by Michael Schneider

The Sierra Nevada saw a healthy dumping of snow at lake level over the weekend, but will it continue into the workweek?

It will, according to Steve Goldstein, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Reno, but it will not be as heavy as Saturday and Saturday night’s storm which dropped more than a foot of new snow at lake level.

Goldstein said the much talked about “split flow” in the jet stream this year subsided over the weekend allowing Saturday’s storm to hold together through the mountain range.

Also, the storm tended to have a lot of heavy moisture which it dropped quickly.

Goldstein said that while conditions were right for rain in Reno, 6 inches of snow fell there because the moisture, falling heavily, didn’t have time to switch to rain.

He said the split flow should return to the weather pattern this week, weakening the storms as they crest the Sierra Nevada.

High pressure is expected to move into the region today after Sunday’s storm was expected to bring some snow to the basin.

More storms are forecast throughout the week as Goldstein said there won’t be a change in the storm track through the next 10 days.

Snow levels are predicted to be between 6,000 and 6,500 feet for Tuesday’s storm, so lake accumulations are not expected to be heavy. Snow can be expected early Tuesday and continue through the day when the precipitation may change to rain.

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