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Weather forecast: 3-5 inches of snow in Truckee on Thursday, Feb. 22

February 21, 2018 — A storm is expected to drop several more inches of snow in the Truckee area on Thursday, Feb. 22, the National Weather Service Office in Reno said. Scattered snow showers are forecast to start after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, and then continue overnight.

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Nevada wildfire danger high even though it’s winter

February 17, 2018 — RENO — Since Dec. 1, approximately 2,400 acres have been burned by 11 wildfires across the state on BLM managed lands, the Bureau of Land Management reported. “Although the fires remain under investigation, they were all human caused,” said Paul Petersen, fire management officer with

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Lake Tahoe Forest Service: Snowmobile riders stick to areas with adequate snow

February 17, 2018 — Amid a below-average snow year and with an influx of visitors expected for Presidents Day weekend, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is asking snowmobile riders to stick within permitted areas that have adequate snow coverage. Snowmobile operators should avoid bare dirt

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Weather forecast: Sunny skies should give way to snow in Truckee

February 17, 2018 — A string of sunny winter days should give way to snow by the end of the holiday weekend in Truckee, the National Weather Service Office in Reno said on Saturday, Feb. 17. The forecast for Saturday calls for sunny skies, a high near 53 degrees,

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Six more weeks of winter? Spring like temps to continue through week

February 3, 2018 — Punxsutawney Phil predicted another six weeks of winter from the entrance of his marmot hole Friday morning, Feb. 2, in Pennsylvania. California is experiencing a very different story. A strong ridge of high pressure is expected to remain over California through at least much of

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Warmer winters spell more floods for Northern California

January 29, 2018 — Floods likely will surge more often across northern California, as wintertime temperatures rise in the Sierra Nevada and snow shifts to rain, scientists predict. When precipitation falls as snow, the water stays longer on the mountain as snowpack, then slowly flows out as snowmelt over

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University of Nevada, Reno study: Humidity may increase snowmelt

January 29, 2018 — The future of snowpack and water resources in the American West now has another variable in the equation for water managers — humidity, which can actually increase snowmelt even on a cloudy day. In a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of

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U.S. Forest Service seeks input on Lake Tahoe tree thinning project

January 29, 2018 — The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comments on a three thinning proposal for South Shore. The plan, according to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), would reduce excess vegetation on approximately 3,800 acres of national forest lands on the south end of the Lake

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Weather forecast: Sunny outlook for Truckee in days ahead

January 27, 2018 — Partly sunny to mostly sunny skies should dominate the forecast for Truckee in the days ahead, the National Weather Service Office in Reno said on Saturday, Jan. 27. The forecast for Saturday calls for partly sunny skies, a high around 47 degrees, a southwest wind

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Snowstorm dumps a foot of snow at Squaw Valley, 13 inches at Northstar (video)

January 25, 2018 — A wind-fueled snowstorm delivered in a big way for local ski resorts, which reported at least a foot of fresh powder overnight. Truckee region saw more than a foot of snow at the ski resorts. Posted by Sierra Sun-North Lake Tahoe Bonanza on Thursday, January

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Lake Tahoe hosting national weather conference

January 22, 2018 — There might actually be some weather to accompany national weather conference Operation Sierra Storm when it starts in Stateline on Sunday. Forecasters are predicting another winter storm for Sunday to start the annual conference, which will be discussing extreme weather events and climate science Jan.

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The science of warmer winters: Sierra temps rising faster, greater impact on snowpack

January 22, 2018 — Trends of warmer winter temperature in the Sierra Nevada are predicted to reduce local snowpack — western Nevada County’s most important source of water. In the future, precipitation increasingly will fall as rain instead of snow, scientists forecast. The impact of that shift on local

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Land trust moves to ensure public access at Nevada County’s Lindsey Lakes

January 19, 2018 — Bear Yuba Land Trust this month secured 857 acres of land in Nevada County’s Grouse Ridge area as a conservation easement, permanently protecting the parcel from any future development. The land, near Lindsey Lakes, is owned by PG&E and is used to generate hydroelectric power.

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Storm drops a few inches of fresh powder

January 10, 2018 — An overnight storm didn't pack the punch forecast by regional meteorologists, but it did deliver a few inches of fresh powder to local ski resorts. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows said Tuesday, Jan. 9, that it received 3 inches of snow overnight. The resort also reported

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Winter weather advisory issued for Truckee, Tahoe region; more than 1 foot of snow possible at higher elevations

January 7, 2018 — A winter weather advisory will be in effect late Monday, Jan. 8, for the greater Lake Tahoe area, the National Weather Service Office in Reno said on Sunday, Jan. 7. The advisory, which runs from 10 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, calls

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Lake Tahoe, Truckee weather: Winter storm will bring snow, strong winds

December 19, 2017 — The Tahoe Basin and Sierra Nevada can expect snow and strong winds in the middle of the week when a strong storm will sweep across the region. A "very strong" cold front will move through the region starting Tuesday night, Dec. 19, and into Wednesday,

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Expert: ‘Grim’ snowpack in Tahoe Basin can quickly change with 1 storm

December 16, 2017 — The snowpack in the Tahoe Basin is “grim” right now, but at this point one cold storm could quickly turnaround everything, according to one expert. The snowpack in the Tahoe Basin is 35 percent of median, said Jeff Anderson, water supply specialist with the Nevada

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Truckee’s committed to 100 percent clean energy

December 9, 2017 — Truckee has decided to commit to a better, cleaner future. The Truckee Town Council met on Nov. 28 at Truckee town hall to vote on a climate action measure. In a thread of over a hundred emails sent to Mayor Morgan Goodwin, and available at

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Forest Service seeks public input on Tahoe projects

December 5, 2017 — The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on several management and improvement projects around Lake Tahoe. On the East Shore, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is asking for input on proposed improvements to an 8-mile section of Nevada State

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Study: Sierra Nevada ‘snow line’ is moving uphill

December 3, 2017 — Anthony Cupaiuolo has been skiing the Sierra Nevada backcountry near Lake Tahoe since 1997. But over the last decade, he’s noticed some changes. “Outside of last year, which really sticks out as an anomaly, we haven’t seen coverage down at lower elevations nearly as

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