In the final week of March, after some Northern California mountains had the snowiest March in 27 years, everyone seemed to drop their guard, thinking that winter had finally called it quits. As it turns out, Mother Nature has another plan.
A snowstorm smacked the mountains on Thursday, bringing almost a foot of snow to ski resorts and over a foot to Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Photos emerged of snow even falling on the ground in South Lake Tahoe, which was below the projected elevation where snow would fall:
As we catch a brief break from the inclement weather, another storm is set to descend into NorCal on Sunday through Monday, with lower temperatures and even more snow:
Although it’s a pattern we’ve grown accustomed to over the past two months, it’s certainly not historically common to receive this much snow in April:
While this precipitation is a welcome sight for California water storage, it’s certainly frustrating for many ski resorts who have already closed for the season.
It could also delay the opening of roads in Lassen Volcanic National Park, who saw significant problems clearing their roads last summer. Park officials have already began clearing roads, but if the snow continues, we may not see parts of the park until late-June/July.
Enjoy the April Showers this week!
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine