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What will Ma Nature and her Old Man Winter will bring?

Just about two years ago to the day, a few of my colleagues and I debated snow ” as in when it usually begins to fall in these parts.

Thanksgiving this year has come and gone and all we have is, well, nuthin’. Tomorrow is December 1 and the near future doesn’t look too promising either. With that storm-busting buzz kill of high pressure sitting over the North Coast, the Sierra Nevada is experiencing chilly but clear conditions. Fine if you’re a cyclist, Fuhgetabout if you’re a skier.

Since I just bought a new mountain bike, I’m cool with the clear.



Don’t you just love California’s fickle weather?

Well, no, as far as some folks here in the Sierra Sun’s newsrooms are concerned. Especially the ones who eagerly bought their passes this summer with visions of snow in their heads.



Alpine is supposed to open today. Boreal is open, Heavenly too. Of course there is a difference between a resort being “open” and a snowpack.

Still, after talking to weather experts (And no, resort PR folks don’t count. They are, after all, trying to sell their snow-covered mountains even when there’s no real snow to sell); surfing the Internet for help or referencing the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s a mixed bag as to what Mother Nature and her Old Man Winter will bring.

So I’m going to turn the question over to none other than the experts of all things snow ” the residents of Truckee-Tahoe. Snow by Christmas? Snow sooner? Later? So what it is it, dear readers?


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