Sierra Snowpack off to Slow Start

Skiers, snowboarders waiting for storm

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    ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 27: Travis Rice #326 flies above the setting sun during qualifying for the men's Snowboard Slopestyle during Winter X Games 10 on January 27, 2006 at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

    Skiers and snowboarders are keeping their fingers crossed for snow as the Sierra snowpack is off to another slow start.

    The Lake Tahoe Basin snowpack on Thursday was only 2 percent of average for the date.

    The situation is similar to last year, when the Tahoe Basin snowpack was only 1 percent of normal on the same date.

    But subsequent powerful storms, particularly in January, blanketed the Sierra in white.

    Tahoe's snowpack ended at about 85 percent of average for the season, a second below-average year in a row.

    The National Weather Service was calling for no chance of snow at least through Wednesday.

    After two relatively dry years, water officials say a healthy snowpack is critical this winter for future water supplies.