You call that snow? I agree |

You call that snow? I agree

by Christina Proctor and Sally J. Taylor

Mountain residents pride themselves on their ability to cope with adversity dealt out by Mother Nature. But even longtime locals had to wonder about the wisdom of venturing out of their snug and warm homes Tuesday morning.

Fortunately, many bosses agreed.

Lake Tahoe Unified School District officials notified the media by 5:45 a.m. that school was canceled for the day. It was the first snow day of the year for South Shore students.

“There were pretty marginal conditions this morning,” said Steve Morales, director of facilities and transportation for the school district. “There were still a lot of roads that were still real difficult to get through. Folks need a chance to regroup at their own homes today, with snow removal.”

The day did not get any better. Lake Tahoe Community College canceled all classes after noon. A rare event.

“We try not to close,” said LTCC Administrative Assistant Pam Vario. “It’s very difficult for us to make up the days. We tend not to close unless it’s like this.”

The college’s Child Development Center also closed after noon, along with many of the area’s child care businesses. A few stayed open and accepted drop-ins.

Under the Magic Pine Tree had children waiting when it opened at 7 a.m., according to owner Stacy Romagnolo.

“We are always open,” she said. “All our teachers got in on time, which is pretty remarkable (considering the severity of the storm).”

The child-care center had 40 children in the morning, up from a morning norm of 25 to 30 children, with others usually arriving after school.

County employees in both El Dorado and Douglas County at lake offices also received a rare snow day. They closed at noon.

Road conditions hampered United Parcel Service trucks, which were recalled after an early attempt to make their rounds.

“Concern for our employees’ safety made us decide to bring the drivers back,” Jack Watkins, UPS business manager, said. “When everything clears up, we’ll bring extra drivers out to make up for it.”

The heaviest storm of the season was expected to move on overnight. After digging out today, most daily routines should be close to normal.

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