Storm won’t produce powder |

Storm won’t produce powder

A monster snowstorm is expected to inch across South Lake Tahoe today and leave close to a foot of wet snow by afternoon.

“Above 7,000 will be heaviest accumulations between one and two feet by Monday afternoon with up to a foot around lake level overnight tonight through morning,” said National Weather Service Forecaster Stephen Adams. “It’s an awfully slow moving system which means it lingers longer and therefore snows for longer. I would expect overnight it will cool off so everybody (in the region) will see snow. But very wet, not dry powdery snow, especially at the lake level.”

Adams said overnight and morning lows will be in the upper 20s or lower 30s.

“The main part of the system will be gone by tomorrow afternoon, but you’ll continue to see showers around the area,” he said. “It really won’t get out of here until midday until Tuesday but the heavy snow will be out by tomorrow afternoon. Areas south the lake will receive the heaviest snow.”

With the storm first predicted to hit sometime during the day Sunday, traffic leaving the basin was backed up to the Y by 11 a.m.

Also because of the coming winter storm, residents on Upper Kingsbury were out shoveling ice and snow.

“March is a guaranteed time for snowstorms,” said Rosanne Shaughnessy, who recently moved from the West Shore to Quaking Aspen.”It’s supposed to keep up for four days, so we want to keep the ice off these steps.”

Earlier Sunday, Shaughnessy and friend Jarred Cherry, 17, of Carson City, used a crowbar and a sledgehammer to clear ice off a deck and the eave of a roof.

“I’m just helping out a friend,” Cherry, who moved to the region in August from Cottonwood, Ariz., said. “It’s totally different out here. I’ve never seen this much snow.”

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