Tonopah low brings snow to Carson Valley |

Tonopah low brings snow to Carson Valley

Staff Reports
Snow is falling in Nevada's oldest town on Sunday morning.
Kurt Hildebrand |

A Tonopah low on the last day of January boosted the Sierra snowpack in the Carson River basin to 134 percent of average.

As of Monday, the National Weather Service said that Lake Tahoe is only 11 inches below its natural rim.

Spratt Creek was the high spot at 147 percent, according to snow telemetry. Monitor Pass was at 113 percent and Ebbetts Pass was at 129 percent. The mountains have received 62 percent of their moisture so far for the year.

Minden weather watcher Stan Kapler said 1.86 inches of moisture and 4 inches of snow fell in Minden during January. Two inches of snow fell in Carson Valley on Sunday.

Heavenly reported 6 inches of new snow from Sunday’s storm. The brunt of the storm struck farther south with June Lake Ski Area reporting 22 inches of snow.

A Tonopah low occurs when low pressure centered over central Nevada brings a front to the east slope of the Sierra.

Light snow returned to the Valley on Tuesday, but didn’t stick for the most part. Forecasters said residents should expect more widespread snow showers today. Snow could make Western Nevada roads, damp enough to make ice.