Warm, sunny days ahead
It’s the dead of winter in Truckee, but you wouldn’t know it from the sunny skies and warm temperatures.
Spring-like temperatures are expected to prevail the rest of this week, as a high pressure ridge keeps precipitation and cold air at bay, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Deutschendorf.
“You’ve been about 10 to 12 degrees above normal, and that is expected to continue for the next couple of days,” Deutschendorf said.
While temperatures are expected to dip to below-average levels beginning in the middle of next week, the outlook for March through May in Truckee is above normal temperatures, according to the National Weather Service. When it comes to precipitation, the weather service forecasts that the Truckee area has equal chances of precipitation being higher or lower than normal this spring.
The area’s next chance for precipitation is on Thursday, Deutschendorf said, although no big snow storms are in the forecast, yet.
The warm temperatures have shriveled the snowpack at lower elevations ” the Truckee River Basin’s snowpack below 7,000 feet is only 50 to 70 percent of normal. But above 8,000 feet, where lower elevation rain often changed to snow this winter, the snow pack is a healthy 140 to 150 percent of normal, according to Deutschendorf.
The combination of sunny skies and good high-elevation snow has kept the registers ringing at Tahoe Dave’s ski shop in Truckee.
“Definitely the sunshine brings more people than the weather,” said Stan Barter, the shop’s manager.
With President’s Day weekend and Ski Skate Week approaching, Barter said the next few weeks look like they’ll be busy. And Barter said he is happy to have the customers after a Christmas and New Year’s holiday week that was slowed by heavy rain.
“Hopefully the nice weather will hold out and we’ll be busy,” Barter said.
The sunshine and warm temperatures have energized people after some very wet winter storms, said Granite Chief owner Herb Manning.
“We’ve had a lot of rain and drizzle and I think it’s refreshing for people to be out of the rain and into the sun,” Manning said.
Manning said his shop has done well this season despite the varied weather, and he expects visitors to keep making the trip up to Tahoe to get their fill of skiing.
“I think that we’ll be busy because people haven’t skied that much,” said Manning.
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