FRANK GEHRKE, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys for the state Department of Water Resources, left, adds up the measurements with Nicole Meyer-Morse, PhD and a science and technology policy fellow with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. The snow survey course is at Phillips Station near the entrance to Sierra at Tahoe ski resort.
FRANK GEHRKE, in the red jacket, holds the measuring tube as Nicole Meyer-Morse, right, takes a reading. At left, in the grey jacket, is Josh Nelson, budget analyst with the state Department of Finance.
SNOW beckons skiers to Sierra at Tahoe. Democrat photos by Shelly Thorene

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