Lake Tahoe: The Late Winter’s Tale

March 13, 2012

While sipping a cup of coffee with friends two weeks ago in an Incline Village cafe, the conversation inevitably turned to the lack of snow in the Sierra Nevada. With near record-breaking dry conditions for December, January, and much of February, it is a common discussion among Lake Tahoe locals and visitors.

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As the talk ultimately turned to the effect the unseasonably warm, sunny weather is having on tourism, a slightly hunched over, elderly woman slowly shuffled past the table. As she did, she mumbled something.

“Beware the Ides of March,” she uttered in a hushed, craggy voice.

At first, the thought was she was talking about the popular movie starring George Clooney. But then everyone realized she might actually be referring to the weather after eavesdropping on the conversation.

Either way, just a short time later, amazingly, both interpretations of her warning have proven true.

Not only is the Clooney movie predictable and clich̩, but the Lake Tahoe region is once again being hit with another series of storms Рthe third time in as many weeks.

Considering more snow is expected to fall this week as the middle of March approaches than the previous three months, the long dry winter may finally be over.

Weather experts are calling for snow in the Sierra all week long and quite possibly eight out of the next 10 days. As much as five feet is expected to fall at higher elevations. Here is this week’s forecast according to

While much later than expected, the storms that have marched – and will march – through the area this month are welcoming signs to ski officials and vacationers looking to finally hit the slopes and fresh powder. State water officials are also starting to breathe a little sigh of relief.

In fact, all fictitious soothsayers aside, March is becoming quite a nice little wet weather story that even Shakespeare would be proud of.