Locals are digging out from what is being called the strongest storm to hit the region in five years. It turned out to be much stronger than predicted, bringing up to a foot of snow in some areas around Reno. Most schools were closed and all flights delayed. It has also enabled all of Tahoe’s ski resorts to open in time for the all-important Christmas holidays. Andy Chapman is tourism director for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. He says the timing couldn’t be better.
Chapman: "The resorts have made some snow earlier on, we did get some storms, but this will definitely set us up for the holiday season and certainly throughout the rest of the year because, with the El Nino brewing out there in the Pacific, we anticipate some good storm patterns."
Temperatures are expected to stay well below freezing all week and another significant storm is projected to arrive on Thursday.