Snow Alert: Tahoe's New White Blanket

Some resorts say they are ready to fire up the ski lifts

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    NEWSLETTERS

    We're in between weather systems for your Monday with some clearing skies yet some pretty chilly temperatures during the day. Cool NW winds 10-20 mph will insure despite the Fall sunshine, our highs will remain cool in the 50s to low 60s. We'll see one more chance for some rain arriving later on Tuesday into early Wednesday than after that things are really looking quite dry. A fairly strong ridge of high pressure will form off the West Coast, diverting incoming weather systems into British Columbia and Washington for possibly the next 10 days after Tuesday. - Rob Mayeda (Published Monday, Nov 8, 2010)

    Sunday's Bay Area storm brought lots of snow to the Sierra. Enough for some resorts to start talking about opening day for the 2010 ski season.

    The higher elevations got about a foot of snow over the weekend. It was enough to stick through to Monday morning at the base of Squaw Valley along Highway 89.  Boreal in the mountains reported almost a foot of new snow by midnight Sunday.

    Closer to the lake, the slopes of Heavenly also got about a foot of new snow.  Heavenly credits La Nina and a good snow-making system for making it able to open, weather permitting, a week from Friday, Nov. 19.

    "These early storms are great for creating that base we’re going to need to get open by November 19," said Heavenly's John Wagnon.

    The snow seemed to get all of the resorts on alert to get those snow machines up and working.  The long Thanksgiving holiday is less than three weeks away.