Spring snowstorm hits Tahoe
Beginning Monday at about dawn, Lake Tahoe residents awoke to a reminder that spring ain’t over until June 21.
Wind, rain and snow that blew sideways made its way into the Lake Tahoe Basin early Monday, giving South Shore a nice dusting but causing more serious problems at North Shore.
The Pacific Northwest storm brought about 2 inches of snow to areas around Incline Village, Truckee and Olympic Valley, forcing chain restrictions midmorning on Interstate 80 in California from Donner Summit to Cisco Grove, a distance of about 20 miles. The restriction was lifted by noon. Chains or snow tires also were required intermittently on the Mount Rose Highway southwest of Reno.
“It’s a typical spring dusting. It snows, it blows, the sun comes out and it’s gone,” said Pam Bricker, manager of Tramway Market on upper Kingsbury Grade. She reported less than an inch in the driveway of the market, which sits at 7,380 feet.
Wind gusts were between 40 and 45 mph as the storm set into the South Shore, with higher gusts along the ridgetops. The top wind speed was 81 mph at Slide Mountain, said National Weather Service Forecaster Mark Deutschendorf.
Elsewhere in the region, much of Western Nevada was under a wind advisory. The National Weather Service issued a blowing dust advisory for areas around Fernley, Fallon and Lovelock.
The Nevada Highway Patrol shut down U.S. 95-Alternate around Silver Springs early in the day because of blowing sand and dust that reduced visibility to near zero. In response, the Lyon County School District canceled classes for Silver Springs schools.
The patrol also shut down a 90-mile stretch of U.S. 95, from 10 miles south of Fallon to Luning, because of strong winds and poor visibility.
Forecasters predict the cooler, unsettled weather would linger today with temperatures remaining in the mid-40s. Each day it will get warmer with highs on Saturday approaching 70.
The spring storm is typical for this time of year, Deutschendorf said.
“Usually every spring we get a cold front that comes in for a day or two to put a brake on the warm weather,” he said. “For what would normally be considered a minor weather system, something like this gets people talking because it has been sunny and dry for so long.”
The last significant amount of precipitation for the basin and Northern Nevada came in March.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.