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Snow could fall in Auburn over weekend

Ski resort seeing up to 5 feet
By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
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If you’re looking for snow, Auburn might get its chance at seeing some of the white stuff this weekend. The winter storm that’s hit the region this week was still dumping plenty of precipitation overnight Thursday and was expected to leave more through Sunday. Squaw Valley USA in Lake Tahoe had already accumulated about four feet as of Thursday afternoon and staff expected another foot to drop by Friday morning. “It’s coming down really hard, nice and cold and light,” said Amelia Richmond, spokeswoman for Squaw Valley USA. “Everyone is talking about the phenomenal skiing and the really deep powder so we’re excited.” Richmond said the extra layers make the resort all the more attractive for President’s Day weekend skiers and snowboarders. “It’s one of our more popular times of year,” Richmond said. “We’re excited to welcome everyone to the mountain.” Snow levels were expected to drop to about 2,000 feet overnight Thursday through Saturday and possibly to 1,000 feet by Saturday, according to Robert Baruffaldi, a meteorologist with the Sacramento National Weather Service. “The best chance for Auburn to see snow will probably be on Saturday,” Baruffaldi said. “Maybe some of the higher elevations (in Auburn) might see a little snow overnight (Thursday).” Local schools have already been affected by the weather. Foresthill High School was closed for a snow day Thursday and Colfax High School was released early at 12:50 p.m. due to snow, according to Anne Evans at the Placer Union High School District. The high school district is closed Friday and Monday for the President’s Day holiday. Schools in the district are closed Tuesday for a furlough day, Evans said. According to Teri Havener at Auburn Union School District, schools are closed this week for furloughs and Monday for the holiday. Bowman Charter School is also closed Monday for President’s Day. Bridget Jones contributed to this report. Reach Jenifer Gee at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com