Sierra resorts expect substantial snow

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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The potential for Sierra snowfall this week can be summed up in one word — epic. If Mother Nature and the National Weather Service are on the same page, that could mean multiple feet of snow. “It’s going to be powder day after powder day, and we love that,” said Jessica VanPernis, communications manager for Northstar-at-Tahoe. The National Weather Service in Reno stated in a special weather statement Monday that the first significant storm to hit the region could produce up to 3 feet of snow in the Sierra above 7,000 feet. That system was expected to taper early today, offering a slight break in the weather before two more substantial systems roll through, one later today and another Wednesday. “Each of those could easily carry 1 to 2 feet of snow,” said Mike Smith, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “All told during the week, we will see several feet of snowfall in the Sierra.” Snowy conditions are expected to continue into the weekend, with the snow level sitting around the 5,000-foot mark, Smith said. Amelia Richmond, a Squaw Valley USA public relations associate, said heavier snow arrived Monday afternoon. “For people that are up here or have four-wheel-drive and are used to driving through it, there are definitely going to be wonderful conditions,” Richmond said. “We’re all kind of hunkering down, and we’re really excited.” Jon Slaughter, marketing manager at Boreal, said the resort might see a couple days of slower business due to the typical mid-week lull as well as because of the weather, “but we expect it to be slammed this weekend.” “It’s going to be great,” he said. Reach Loryll Nicolaisen at