Weather depends on how one looks at it |

Weather depends on how one looks at it

We all have our own way of judging the weather. Some judge it by road conditions. Others by how treacherous the walk is to go for coffee, and even more by the amount of fresh snow for skiing or snowboarding.

“I like the clouds and snow,” said Johnny Fleischman, a cashier at Rude Brothers Bagel and Coffee Haus. “It’s a lot better for the boarding in the winter. Sunny skies are for summer.”

National Weather Service meteorologist Rudy Cruz predicted increasing clouds at South Shore today with a 20 percent chance of snow tonight or Wednesday morning.

The system off the coast is slow moving, he said.

“So far this year, most of the weather systems have been splitting apart as they get close to us, ” Cruz said.

The trend so far, he said is “just teasers.”

Mild temperatures during the days ranging from the mid-30s to the low 40s with nights falling to the upper teens and low-20s are anticipated for the rest of the week. In contrast, last week a cold air mass moved through the basin and sent the temperature plunging to minus 6 degrees, which is normal, according the the weather service. No records were broken.

So, there is nothing in the forecast to deter motorists. Plans may be made.

Roger Bostrom, owner of Lake Tahoe Winter Sports Center in Meyers, judges the weather as “pretty good, for us.”

Bostrom takes visitors up and over Luther Pass to Hope Valley for snowmobile and cross country ski tours.

“The last snow we had dropped 3 to 4 feet,” he said. “Mother Nature is in charge.”

The California Highway Patrol road condition phone line reported no adverse traffic conditions or delays for U.S. highways 50 or 395. So far it’s smooth sailing.

Last week the California Department of Water Resources officials measured a snowpack depth of 22.5 inches at a spot just off Highway 50 near the entrance to Sierra-at-Tahoe. The measurement is 52 percent of normal for this time of year. Last year, it was half as much.

The light snowpack was conducive to an annual wintertime charity event in Truckee on Saturday.

The food bank Project MANA received 163 pounds of canned food donations and $300 from 49 participants in the Ice Bowl disc golf tournament. While the temperature was a chilly 12 degrees at sunrise, it rose into the low 40s during the competition, traditionally held a week before the Super Bowl.

This weekend, Doug Busey, a.k.a. Tribune fishing columnist “Mac the Naw,” is planning an ice fishing trip to Red Lake. He said ice fishing has been safe since just after Christmas.

“Conditions can change quickly due to runoff and things,” he said. “The lake levels can rise and fall, so there could be cracks in the ice. Always bring a friend and let people know where you are going and when you’ll be back.”

Heavenly Ski Resort reported conditions as great, resort officials said.

“We need more snow,” longtime South Shore resident Nakomis Murin said. “Pray for snow.”

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