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Sunshine prevailed across the snow-covered Sierra foothills and ridge tops halfway between Reno and Lake Tahoe to the southwest in this photo taken in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. The Mount Rose ski resort, top left, already has received a record 54 feet of snow this season. Lake Tahoe has reached its highest level since 2006.(AP Photo/By Scott Sonner).
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The drought-busting snow and rain in the mountains around Lake Tahoe have pushed the lake to its highest level in more than a decade.
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After five years of drought, the alpine lake atop the Sierra Nevada now has enough water to fill downstream reservoirs and meet the Reno area's needs for at least two years, hydrologists say.
"We are basically going from one extreme to the other in two years," said Bill Hauck, senior hydrologist for the Truckee Meadows Water Authority.
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Scientists are scheduled to release the results of the latest Sierra snowpack surveys Wednesday. As of Feb. 1, the Tahoe Basin snowpack already was 233 percent of normal.
Hauck told the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/gl6tppt
) that it's a "foregone conclusion" the lake will reach its storage limit level in the weeks ahead for the first time since 2006.
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"We have significantly more water forecast to come in than we have room for," said Chad Blanchard, the federal water master in Reno who started releasing water last week at the dam in Tahoe City, California.
That water flows into the Truckee River toward downstream reservoirs...
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