Average March brings a little snow
March 22, 2016
There aren't too many more opportunities for March to bring the miracle this winter.
A storm left 13 inches of snow, Heavenly Mountain Resort reported on Tuesday morning. Kirkwood Resort reported 15 inches of snow.
High pressure is expected to build back in today and keep temperatures in the 60s and lows in the 30s until Easter night, when a slight chance of snow showers returns to the forecast.
As of Tuesday morning, the Carson River Basin has 108 percent of average snow water equivalent so far this water year.
Ebbetts Pass at the top of the Carson River's East Fork was at 116 percent, while Carson Pass was at 94 percent of average for this time of year.
The Walker River basin is running 92 percent of average, while Lake Tahoe is at 106 percent, according to Natural Resources Conservation Service snow telemetry on Tuesday morning.
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Water locked in the Sierra snowpack feeds rivers and streams that are used to irrigate fields in Western Nevada valleys in early summer.
Precipitation for Carson Valley is running less than half of average so far for the month, according to the National Weather Service.
As of Tuesday, .42 inches of precipitation has fallen so far during the month. The average for this time in March is .88 inches, with 1.12 inches average for the month.
So far only January has posted higher than average precipitation this winter.
Douglas County is no longer in exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The county has dropped down into extreme drought. As recently as March 8, most of the county was in the highest level of drought according to the monitor. The drought monitor is produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.