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Springlike weather this weekend

Staff Reports
A tree in Gardnerville blossoms as Jobs Peak stands covered in snow on Wednesday.
Kurt Hildebrand |

Spring doesn’t officially start until Sunday, but fruit trees around Carson Valley have started blooming anyway.

Warm temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend with only a slight chance of precipitation.

“Temperatures will continue to warm up by a few degrees each day with highs in lower elevations reaching the lower-mid 60s today, then rising to the lower 70s by Friday,” forecasters said. “These increasing temperatures will melt more of the mid-elevation snow pack. Small streams should start to show some increased flows toward this weekend, but no flooding risk is expected.”

Rivers will be running in the 40-45 degree range, which means anyone participating in recreation could be subject to rapid hypothermia.

Controlled outdoor burning began on March 12 and is scheduled to continue until May 15. Residents who are burning must call the hotline every day to determine if its safe to burn. For more information, visit http://eastforkfire.org.

The weekend’s storm brought the snow-water equivalent in the Carson River basin to 107 percent of average, according to snow telemetry operated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Ebbetts Pass at the top of the East Fork was at 108 percent of average on Wednesday. Carson Pass near the top of the West Fork was at 110 percent of average.

Snow-water equivalent is the amount of moisture locked in the Sierra snowpack. Carson Valley irrigators rely on the river to water their fields. A warm spring can shorten the irrigation season, even with a strong snowpack. A cold spring can extend the time it takes for the snowpack to melt off.