Spring snow hits Sierra after recent dry winter

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Spring snow hit the Sierra on Sunday. After a dry winter with little rain or snow, some were happy to see the wintry weather return. less snow I have ever seen, ”said Jeff Martin. After decades of living on the mountain, Martin knows that dry winters make summers dangerous. “All I can tell people is to be responsible because this is going to be a scary year for fire,” he said. Martin was walking home from the ocean when the snow started. He said in his experience, when the ocean water is warm, snow could come. “This last time the water was actually a lot warmer,” Martin said. “I kind of think we’re going to have storms in the spring that will surprise a lot of people.” At least that’s hope. Little rain and snow left the Sierra’s snowpack well below average. The snowpack provides the state with much of its water in the spring and summer. “Hope this helps,” said Bill Russ, of Elk Grove. Russ, who was heading towards Reno, hoped for more snow. for a lot more, “he said.” We were timing it so that we at least touched a bit, not enough to put chains on. But we’re a little disappointed. “Hwy 80 through the summit was wet but clear all afternoon. No chain drives were put in place throughout the day.

Spring snow hit the Sierra on Sunday.

After a dry winter with little rain or snow, some were happy to see winter return.

“I’ve lived here on West Shore Lake Tahoe for 31 years and this year it’s the smallest amount of snow I’ve ever seen,” said Jeff Martin.

After decades of living in the mountains, Martin knows that dry winters make summers dangerous.

“All I can tell people is to be responsible because this is going to be a scary year for fire,” he said.

Martin was driving home from the ocean when the snow started. He said in his experience, when the ocean water is warm, snow could come.

“This last time the water was actually a lot warmer,” Martin said. “I kind of think we’re going to have storms in the spring that will surprise a lot of people.”

At least that’s hope.

Little rain and snow left the Sierra’s snowpack well below average. The snowpack provides the state with much of its water during the spring and summer months.

“Hope this helps you,” said Bill Russ, of Elk Grove.

Russ, who was heading towards Reno, hoped for more snow.

“We were hoping for a lot more,” he said. “We were timing it so that we knocked at least a little, not enough to put on chains. But we are a little disappointed.”

Hwy 80 through the summit was wet but clear all afternoon.

No chain control was in place throughout the day.


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