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Forcasters: First day of spring will be white

Paul Raymore
Sierra Sun

Truckee residents looking forward to breaking out the shorts and flip flops in anticipation of the first day of spring this Sunday may have to wait just a little bit longer.

The National Weather Service is predicting a weekend storm that may bring as much as a foot of snow to the Truckee and Lake Tahoe region. Snow levels are expected to start out around 6,000 feet Friday night and Saturday, then lower to near 5,000 feet Saturday night into Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The highest snowfall amounts are forecast for areas above 7,000 feet.

According to Ray Collins, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Reno, the high-pressure system that has been lingering over Truckee and providing spring-like conditions should start breaking up by Friday, allowing storm energy from the northeast to drop down over the region.

That system will combine with a stronger storm system coming off the north shore of Hawaii that has the potential to drop up to a foot of snow in Truckee over several days starting this weekend, Collins said.

Temperatures in town are expected to drop down to the mid-20s for highs, with the potential for even lower temperatures in the colder areas around Truckee.

“This is not unusual to see this time of year,” Collins said. “Eventually the ridge [of high pressure] will build again and cut off any storm activity,” he added, giving hope to those who are ready for spring.