Snow Comes to South Bay, 2 Feet in Tahoe

More rain, cold expected over the next week

The fresh and clear air that comes after a rain storm has arrived again in the Bay Area, along with vistas of snow on South Bay peaks.

Mt. Hamilton was dusted by about two inches of snow, as were other peaks above 4,000 feet, NBC Bay Area meteorologist Craig Herrera said.

The storm brought much needed rain for parched landscapes all over the Bay Area. It's not going to make a dent in the drought though.

"We're so far behind with our rainfall totals," Herrera said. "It helps but we have a long way to go."

Herrera said he envisioned a break from the rain on Tuesday, more rain on Wednesday, another break Thursday and more rain Friday.

Throughout the week cold temperatures are expected to linger, he said.

The Lake Tahoe area received about two feet of fresh snow in the last 24 hours.

Herrera said more of the white stuff would find its way to ski resorts in the area over the next week.

"Timing is everything in the ski business," said Tourism Director Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. "With the way these storms are lined up, we’ll get snow early in the week making for optimal ski and driving conditions for the Presidents Day weekend, which is typically a busy time of year for the region."

Presidents Day weekend is scheduled for February 14-16, and many North Lake Tahoe restaurants are offering special Valentine’s Day dinners in order to bring in tourists in tough economic times.

For more information about ski resorts and regional special events, along with current weather conditions in North Lake Tahoe, click to

John Boitnott is a web producer in San Jose who does not mind the fact it is so cold because in Boston, where his aunt is, they have it a lot worse.

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