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Late Sierra storms rival 'Miracle March' of '91; snowpack up

Posted at 10:04 AM, Mar 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-29 13:04:49-04

A series of late winter storms rivaling the "Miracle March" of 1991 has bolstered an otherwise dismal season of snowpack in the northern Sierra.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that snowpack in the Lake Tahoe area grew from 25 percent to 73 percent between March 1 and March 25 -- an increase of 48 percentage points.

In 1991, the Tahoe basin snowpack was at 15 percent of median on March 1 but by March 25 had reached 74 percent, a difference of 59 percentage points.

In terms of water volume, storms from March 1 through Sunday added 10.6 inches of water to the snowpack on average at stations across the Tahoe basin. In March of 1991, that number was 12.3 inches.