First day of spring 2018; storm approaching Tahoe & Truckee River

A new storm is approaching the Tahoe and Truckee River basins on the first day of spring. Will it bring significant rain and snow to the region to help make up for the dry Dec-Jan-Feb?

As impressive as it looks, it could end up producing much more precipitation on the western side of the Sierra and along the pacific coast than here on the eastern slope of the Sierra. Heaviest precipitation forecast for the Reno area is late Wednesday into Thursday morning.

Storm approaching on first day of spring, Tuesday, 3-20-18

Storms over the past weeks have improved the snowpack, but is this anticipated storm going to be a true “Miracle March” by making up for meager snowfall and rainfall during the winter? Lake Tahoe has gained nearly a half-foot of water in the last 4 weeks and now stands at a water elevation of 6,228.25 feet – 5.25 feet above its natural rim.

Tahoe elevation has risen by nearly a half foot in the last several weeks.

The Tahoe Basin and the Truckee River basin stand at 63 and 67 percent of average for snow-water equivalent. Runoff for the remainder of the year for the Truckee River will be determined by how fast the snow melts and if there are more storms to add significantly to the snow pack. While we had a great snow pack last year, it is important for our rivers and lakes to have back-to-back good flow years to promote recovery of the river environment and needed water for Pyramid Lake that has suffered from years of drought. All of us will benefit from a big storm that brings our snowpack to closer to the long-term average.

Snow water equivalent as of March 20, 2018 for Tahoe, Truckee River, and Carson River basins

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About Dennis Ghiglieri

My concern for the Truckee River grew over the years. It started with picking up trash and supporting better water quality. I helped create the "living river"plan with other citizens on the Community Flood Coalition; a plan to reduce flood impacts to infrastructure through river restoration and protection of the floodplain. I understand how critical the Truckee River is to the environment – and economy – of our entire region. I'm hoping that through these pages we can all understand our connection to the Truckee River and why we need to protect it.