Winter in June? Rare fresh powder falls at Lake Tahoe

SFGate | 6/12/2017 | Amy Graff
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Snow was falling at lake level in Tahoe on Sunday, as a cold front moved through Lake Tahoe. Video recorded by Christi Virdee.

There's fresh powder this morning in the Sierra Nevada at Lake Tahoe, and it's the middle of June.

System - Pacific - Mountains - Sunday - Night

A low-pressure system from the Pacific moved into the mountains Sunday night, with light flurries starting around 4 p.m. By midnight, it was snowing heavily, with accumulations as low as 5,000 feet.

Brian O'Hara a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Reno, says snowfall reports have varied from a half-inch at lake level to four inches at 6,700 feet at Incline Village.

Reports - Point - Inches - Sierra - Inches

"We've only received a few reports at this point, but in general we're seeing three to five inches around the northern Sierra, and I think we could have received up to 12 inches at some higher elevations above 8,000 feet."

Over at Squaw Valley, where the slopes are still open on weekends, the base of the mountain saw two inches at 6,000 feet and four inches at 8,200 feet.

Snow - Squaw - Valley - Spokesperson - Sam

"For us, any snow is awesome," said Squaw Valley spokesperson Sam Kieckhefer. "We'll take whatever we can get. It adds to our season totals which help us go as long as we can."

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