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Storms set to slam us again

Nevada County is looking at another long blast of wet weather and Tahoe-area ski resorts are geared up for a big weekend, as two more storms move inland through Monday.

In the Grass Valley-Nevada City area, “there’s lots of rain coming,” according to Steve Martinez of the Qwikcast.com weather service.

The rain will start today, “and there will be heavier rain Friday night and then heavy rain and winds through Saturday night,” Martinez said Thursday. As Saturday reaches into Sunday, “there is a potential for varying degrees of snowfall,” Martinez said, “possibly as low as 2,000 feet for Sunday morning.”



Winds will be at 20 to 30 mph with, “gusts of up to 50 mph.”

From the two storms, “we could see up to five inches of rain by Sunday morning,” Martinez said. ” We’ll dry out some on Sunday and then we’ll do it all over again on Monday, with another couple of inches of precipitation.”




Bolstered by up to 10 feet of snow and the prospect of more on the way, ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area are looking at what could be one of the best holiday ski seasons in recent years.

”Conditions don’t get any better than this,” said Murray Blaney, a spokesman for Mount Rose-Ski Tahoe.

Blaney said a series of storms earlier this month left a base of 4 feet to 8 feet at the resort southwest of Reno. Forecasters predicted several more inches of snow could fall at the higher elevations by the end of the weekend.

A high wind watch was also issued for the region and the valleys of western Nevada, including the Reno-Carson City area.

The National Weather Service said a chance of snow, accompanied by colder temperatures and blustering winds, would linger through New Year’s Day.

Blaney said wintry conditions wouldn’t deter avid skiers and snowboarders.

”In a perfect world, we’d have sunny skies, calm winds and dry roads. But when you’re in a winter resort area, you have to expect changes in the weather,” he said.

”We’re extremely fortunate to have this much snow only a few days after the beginning of winter.”

At Northstar-at-Tahoe, spokeswoman Tracy Owen Chapman was equally optimistic.

”We expect a very strong weekend. Conditions are optimum,” Chapman said.

The weather service said snow levels would begin around the 6,000-foot level and rise to around 6,500 feet on Friday before dropping to the valley floors of western Nevada on Saturday.

Winds were expected to intensify to 25-40 mph on Friday, with gusts to 50 mph in the valleys and up to 100 over the Sierra ridgetops, before dissipating Saturday.

Although the anticipated storms could lead to some problems for travelers, Chapman said the resort wasn’t discouraged by the forecast.

”We always welcome more snow, she said.

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