Snow due Wednesday night
February 4, 2014
Minden was the only place in the Carson River basin to receive its full measure of moisture in January and most of that of that came on one day.
R-C weather watcher Stan Kapler reported that 1.52 inches of moisture fell in Minden during the month, including 9 inches of snow.
That brought Minden up to just over the average total for January, but it will take at least two more similar storms to bring Carson Valley up to average for this winter.
The Jan. 29-30 storm that left heavy wet snow in Carson Valley didn't contribute much in the mountains.
Natural Resource Conservation Service snow telemetry at Ebbetts Pass received only 3.5 inches of precipitation during January.
That's 40 percent of average for the location at the headwaters of the Carson River's East Fork. With only one traditionally wet month left in the water year, Ebbetts is down to 36 percent of average for this time of year.
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Markleeville received 2.34 inches of precipitation during the month, only 69 percent of average.
With little upstream storage, the Carson River basin was at 31 percent of average snowpack as of Tuesday. Lake Tahoe had a quarter of its average moisture locked into the snowpack while the Walker River basin was running at 26 percent.
Snow returns to the forecast tonight through Friday, though accumulations of less than an inch are expected.