Carson Pass gets 9 more inches of snow |

Carson Pass gets 9 more inches of snow

Staff Reports
New snow clings to the trees near the top of Sierra Creek Canyon north of Genoa on Sunday morning.
Kurt Hildebrand |

Carson Pass got 9 inches of snow overnight as a second storm rolled through the Sierra on Monday.

According to telemetry, snow depth at the head of the West Fork of the Carson River was at 62 inches on Tuesday morning. Ebbetts Pass, at the head of the East Fork was at 61 inches on Tuesday morning having received 8 inches from the storm overnight.

While the mountains saw snow, Carson Valley received only a trace of rain on Monday night, though the possibility of precipitation remains in the forecast through Wednesday.

There was a trace of rain that fell in the Valley on Monday night. It was a contrast to the quarter-inch that fell in the foothills on Saturday, according to R-C weather watcher George Uebele.

Minden weather watcher Stan Kapler said just under .49 inches of moisture fell during March, bringing the county seat up to 4.69 inches for the year.

As of Tuesday morning, the Natural Resources Conservation Service reports the Carson River basin was at 61 percent of average for this time of year.

Carson Pass is at 65 percent of average with 19.5 inches of water locked in the snowpack, while Ebbetts Pass is at 52 percent.

Saturday’s storm rode in on high winds with Spooner Summit reporting a 66 mph wind gust at 11:52 p.m., and Holbrook Junction recording a 62 mph gust at 1:49 p.m. Spooner Summit reported 7 inches of snow overnight, while Daggett Summit at the top of Kingsbury Grade received 9 inches of snow.