It took its time, but 3 inches of snow fell in Minden overnight on Tuesday, technically returning a white Christmas to Carson Valley after last year's brown spell.
Minden weather watcher Stan Kapler reported that since the water year began on Oct. 1, he's received 8 inches of snow, for a total of 4.26 inches of precipitation.
The snow total for Tuesday night exceeded that of the snowfall during all of 2011-2012 of 2.35 inches. Minden's total moisture for last year was 4.03 inches, Kapler said.
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