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Tahoe Snowpack Better Now Than At Any Point Last Winter

Amy Westervelt

The Tahoe Basin snowpack is better right now than at any point last winter. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

Jeff Anderson is a water supply specialist with the Nevada Snow Survey Program which regularly measures the snowpack. He says that in the past two winters, it's taken until February to reach as much snow as they're measuring now.

But that doesn't actually mean a whole lot just yet.

"So, the winter of 2013 started out really great like this right up until New Year's," Anderson recalls, "and then it just kind of shut off. We didn't get a lot of snow or precipitation after that, so that's a possibility."

For some, the handful of storms we've seen so far could make it seem like we're almost of the woods.

"If you talk to a skier, you know, they've had probably more powder days this year than they've had in the last couple seasons, and they're happy," Anderson says. "In a way, their powder drought is kind of over a little bit. They've had some of that satiated."

But for many others who rely on the snowpack for agricultural use, Anderson says it'll take several wet years before they get back on track. As for his predictions for the rest of this winter:

"Proof will be in the pudding, I guess. You know, we won't really know that until April."

Michelle Billman is a former news director at KUNR Public Radio.
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