Snow continues |

Snow continues

by Andy Bourelle

Come on, Spring. At least put up a fight.

Winter continued to show the Lake Tahoe Basin who’s boss Monday – more than two weeks after spring’s official first day.

Of course, that’s nothing new at Tahoe.

“(During) springtime in the Sierra and Western Nevada, we can see all different types of weather,” said Steve Otteson, meteorologist for the National Weather Service Reno office. “Springtime snowstorms are definitely not unusual phenomena.”

After a Saturday storm dumped nearly 2 feet of snow up in the mountains, another system rolled through the Sierra Monday. It snowed on South Shore constantly from dawn until dusk Monday.

“This storm came from around the gulf of Alaska, and it rode down the coast,” Otteson said Monday. “It’s got a lot of cold air support. That’s why we’re seeing a lot of snow up in the mountains.”

Otteson said the snow should have tapered off by midnight.

“We’re still expecting some more snow Tuesday – nothing like we had (Monday),” he said.

Monday’s storm was accompanied by blustery winds that created hazardous driving conditions across the region, though no major accidents were reported.

“We were lucky,” said Steve Gwaltney, California Highway Patrol officer. “I’m sure we had a lot of people up here for Easter vacation who weren’t prepared for it. We were fortunate. We did have six accidents over the weekend, but they were all minor.”

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department Monday closed Keller Road, a steep road near Heavenly Ski Resort, and responded to several fender-benders. No injury accidents were reported.

“It was the usual – people going too fast,” said Sgt. Alex Schumacher. “It was really slick out there (Monday).”

U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit was closed for part of the day because of heavy, blowing snow. Chains or snow tires were required on all other mountain passes.

By 5 p.m. Monday afternoon, Oasis Aviation reported 11 inches had fallen on South Shore.

A brief reprieve from winter is anticipated on Wednesday. A new system approaches, bringing a chance of snow Thursday, Otteson said.

Temperatures could range from the teens to the 40s for the rest of the week.

-Tribune Staff Writer Christina Proctor and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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