Storm dumps 10 inches of snow in Kirkwood
October 5, 2011
Less than a week into a new water year, Kirkwood residents awoke to 10 inches of new snow.
The first significant weather system of the season dumped more than three-quarters of an inch of rain in Sheridan Acres between midnight and 7 a.m. early Wednesday morning.
Two-fifths of an inch of rain was measured in Genoa and .97 inches of rain in Markleeville.
While the brunt of the rain has passed, showers are expected to continue into the night under mostly cloudy skies.
Tonight will be cold, with the low dropping down to near freezing. Thursday’s forecast calls for continued scattered showers and breezy.
Expect freezing temperatures Thursday night with the low dropping to 28 degrees and a northwest wind of 5-10 mph.
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Carson Valley residents awoke to find both the Sierra and the Pine Nuts wearing a blanket of snow.
“The early snow that has blanketed the mountain has certainly stoked everyone out in anticipation of another big year,” said Michael Dalzell, Director of Sales & Marketing at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. “It’s too early to talk early opening dates at this point, but we have had years when Kirkwood has opened in late October with incredible deep powder conditions. This might be one of those years.”
The water year ended on Sept. 30 with the town of Minden receiving 16.24 inches of moisture, nearly twice its average for the year.
Ebbetts Pass, which is a key source of water for the East Fork of the Carson River received 79.7 inches of moisture, 142 percent of average.
Jobs Sister still had small patches of snow left over from last winter when Tuesday’s storm hit.