Snow hampers Easter egg hunts |

Snow hampers Easter egg hunts

Gusty winds and 6 inches of snowfall in the Tahoe Basin turned Easter egg hunts on Saturday rotten.

The National Weather Service in Reno reported heavy, blowing snow in the South Shore area with visibility ranging form zero to 300 feet on Saturday morning.

“It was cold and all the eggs were buried under the snow,” 11-year-old Denise Martinez said of an Easter egg hunt at Lake Tahoe Community College that was sponsored by the Optimists Club and Model Dairy. “There were a lot of people there but they left because of the weather.”

Martinez and her 6-year-old brother, Anthony, didn’t stay long either. After collecting about 15 eggs each they devised another plan.

“We decided to come back on Sunday,” she said.

This time, with the sun shining, they collected 150 eggs.

But they weren’t the only ones searching for eggs on Sunday morning. Many other businesses in town, which had planned egg hunts that morning, got lucky with the weather for their Easter events.

“It worked out well for us,” said Nancy Harrison, of Sierra-at-Tahoe where a Sunday morning egg hunt was held. “We had about 50 kids show up and it was nice and clear out, which is good, especially for the little ones.”

But don’t expect this nice weather to stick around.

According to the National Weather Service, another storm is swirling off the California coast and is expected to roll into the area Monday night and last through Tuesday.

“It looks like this one will be similar to Saturday’s storm,” Steve Otteson, a National Weather Service specialist, said. “But it’s too early to predict how much snowfall there will be.”

All this springtime snow may have made Easter egg hunts difficult but it seems to be keeping ski slopes in good shape.

“It’s good, cold, dry snow,” she said. “The conditions seem more like February than April.”

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