Winter blast continues |

Winter blast continues

Christina Proctor

South Shore residents awoke Thursday morning to new snow and the sound of explosives. It was nothing to be alarmed about, just a regular part of the winter avalanche war.

California Department of Transportation crews closed U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit from 5 to 9:40 a.m. to set off the explosives. Pat Miller, Caltrans public affairs officer, said 10 inches of snow accumulated at the summit from 7 a.m. Wednesday to the following morning. Visibility problems and high winds also hampered travelers Wednesday night. Chains were required over Luther Pass Thursday.

Oasis Aviation at the Lake Tahoe airport reported 8 inches of snow. The new snow combined with an equipment problem to hamper some road clearing in Meyers, and school was canceled.

Mark Brown, a National Weather Service specialist, said the skies are expected to clear today with highs in the upper 30s.

“Over the weekend there will be a slight chance of showers both Saturday and Sunday, and continuing into Monday,” Brown said. “The storms are shooting in from the west.”

February had its share of storms this season, but according to Oasis Aviation the snow accumulation is right on with last year’s number. This month 62 inches of snow have fallen at lake level. In 1998, at the end of February it was 67 inches of snow.

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