Snow at lake level, chain controls at Echo |

Snow at lake level, chain controls at Echo

William Ferchland
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Kingsbury Grade resident Thom McAleer sweeps the windshield of about 4 inches of snow before heading into work on Tuesday.

Sierra House Elementary students were quick to build a wall for a possible snow fort on campus, while drivers lined up to have snow tires installed.

And one Kingsbury Grade resident had to fish for his snow brush underneath his golf bag inside his car so he could clear his windshield.

Less than a week after the first dusting of Sierra snow, South Shore residents awoke to a more serious storm that dropped enough white stuff to cover streets, if only for a few hours.

Like others, the snow storm burped by Mother Nature caught Kingsbury Grade resident Thom McAleer by surprise. He awoke to the sound of a snow plow and had to search for his brush. After a few minutes he found it under good-weather remnants of a golf bag, beach chairs and beach towels.

“I’ll definitely keep it in the backseat so I can grab it and know exactly where it is,” he said.

The snow also amazed Caltrans, which enacted chain control from Twin Bridges to Meyers for more than three hours beginning 6:33 a.m., according to spokeswoman Shelly Chernicki.

A few spinouts were reported, said Chernicki, who guessed 5 to 6 inches accumulated at Echo Summit.

“I bet the skiers are just so ecstatic,” she said. “For that amount of snowfall that was pretty early. That one was a surprise.”

With the first snowfall people were able to have studded-snow tires installed on their vehicles before Nov. 1, the date motorists can have the tires put on vehicles of it doesn’t snow.

Bob Elliott, store manager for Ken’s Tire Center, acknowledged there was a “little rush going on” Tuesday.

“Whenever it snows more people come in,” Elliott said. “They slip and slide.”

A few accidents were reported, although nothing serious. By afternoon snow was melting and people were seen bike riding and even jogging.

Nice weather should develop throughout the week while cooler temperatures but clear skies are forecasted for the weekend, according to Brian Brong, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.

Tuesday’s storm was from a low-pressure system out of Canada, said Brong, who added the most snow reported was at least 3 inches although at higher elevations it was likely more.

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