Snow greets Tahoe again
South Shore residents awakened again to snow Tuesday morning as a brief, but powerful, storm system brought 5 inches of wet snow at Kingsbury Grade and briefly closed Highway 89 at Emerald Bay.
Meteorologist Steve Goldstein of the National Weather Service said the storm sat in the Pacific for some time, but let loose late Monday and early Tuesday morning.
“It was a pretty cold little system. The storm finally moved in and picked up a lot of colder air,” Goldstein said. “It produced thunderstorms, cold weather and some snow, but it is not horribly unusual for us.
“I’ve been here 10 years and the first year I came here, it snowed on June 15. So it does happen.”
A warming trend is expected to continue throughout this week.
“By the weekend, we will be right back to the mid-70s,” he said.
As for the precipitation, Goldstein said it measured only three-tenths of an inch in Western Nevada.
“It isn’t that great, but probably every little bit helps,” he said. “It does wet the ground and with the fires we’ve had lately, it does alleviate that.
“Unfortunately, we are under the gun this summer, with this drought continuing.”