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Old Man Winter makes rare appearance

You probably thought spring was here for good.


Snow fell at high Lake Tahoe Basin elevations Wednesday night, sporadically dropped to lake level during Thursday and was supposed to continue through the night, said Dave Pike, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

He said it would clear up Friday.

The white stuff was a surprise for an area that had seen only blue skies and nice temperatures since the middle of March.

Still, it’s not unusual for Tahoe to get snow this time of year.

Gerry Bielinski, meteorologist for the Western Regional Climate Center, said the last trace of snow that came down last winter was on May 15. The year before that it was May 29.

Tahoe’s winter was bizarre this year, with almost no snow at all until early January and then frequent storms until the middle of March. Then Old Man Winter switched almost immediately from snowy weather to nice temperatures.

Monthly snowpack measurements taken near Echo Summit went from 24 percent of normal in January, up to 67 and 115 percents in February and March respectively, and then back down to 83 at the beginning of this month.

The slow start to the winter was bad news for Tahoe, a popular skiing destination; however, the later snows have kept the resorts full since January.

While Heavenly Ski Resort has plenty of snow, Molly Cuffe, spokeswoman for the resort, said the fresh several inches of natural snow are a welcome change.

“It’s always fun to get some late spring powder,” Cuffe said. “It’s an extra treat.”

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