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Ski resorts report several feet of snowfall as another winter storm warning begins

SIERRA AT TAHOE saw plenty of snow after winter storms Thursday and Friday. Photo courtesy Sierra at Tahoe

SIERRA AT TAHOE saw plenty of snow after winter storms Thursday and Friday. Photo courtesy Sierra at Tahoe

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February 17, 2011 |

By Kevin MacMillan

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The latest wrath of winter could continue Thursday, as another winter storm warning begins 10 a.m. Thursday and lasts until 4 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

After a short break Thursday morning, steady snow should begin around midday Thursday, NWS reports, becoming heavy at times through Friday night. Another 1 to 2 feet is predicted at lake level, and 2 to 4 feet is possible above 7,000 feet.

This newest storm comes on the heels of a significant one that started late Tuesday and subsided Thursday morning. It brought feet of snow to various locations in the region, according to Thursday morning snow reports from regional ski resorts.

On the South Shore, Heavenly Ski Resort reports 32 inches of new snowfall the past 48 hours. Sierra at Tahoe reports 15 inches of new snow and Kirkwood is reporting more than 3 feet of snow.

For example, in the past 24 hours, Homewood Ski Resort has received 22 inches of snow at its base (6,000 feet) and 32 inches at upper mountain (7,500 feet).

At Alpine Meadows, in the past 24 hours, the resort has received 25 inches of snow at its base (6,835 feet) and 35 inches at mid mountain (7,500 feet) and above.

Rachael Woods, the spokeswoman for both mountains, said the running snow storm total for Homewood is at a “whopping 34 inches at its base and 49 inches at the upper mountain.”

At Alpine, the totals are 39 and 54 inches, respectively.

“Mother Nature has truly kicked into high gear this February,” Woods said.

Down the road off Highway 89 at Squaw Valley USA, the resort is reporting running storm totals of 33 and 45 inches, respectively, at lower and upper mountain.

West of Truckee, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort reports running storm totals of 40 and 54 inches, respectively, at the mountain’s base and peak.

Extended forecast for the lake, according to NOAA.gov:
Today: Snow. High near 28. Breezy, with a south wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow. Low around 22. Southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 11 to 17 inches possible.

Friday: Snow. High near 32. Breezy, with a south wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to between 15 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.

Friday Night: Snow. Low around 25. South wind between 10 and 15 mph becoming calm. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Saturday: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 30. West wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Washington’s Birthday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

Monday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Tuesday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

Tuesday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Wednesday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.

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