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5 Feet of New Snow Atop Sierra; Heavy Rains Too

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Sierra ski resorts and drought-stricken farmers are rejoicing after a weekend storm dumped up to 5 feet of snow on top of the mountains and brought near-record rainfall to Lake Tahoe.
 
A winter storm warning expired Monday morning at Tahoe, where Incline Village schools were delayed two hours.
 
The National Weather Service tells The Associated Press the level of Lake Tahoe had risen an estimated 4 inches by Sunday -- a total of 13.7 billion gallons of water or enough to cover 65 square miles a foot deep.
 
Weather service meteorologist Dawn Johnson says elevations above 8,000 feet got 3 to 5 feet of snow, with 2 to 3 feet in areas between 7,000-8,000 feet.
 
The 4.4 inches of rain at Tahoe City, California, was the ninth biggest daily total on record. 

The Department of Transportation's had crews working around the clock since the storm began. The amount of the water adds weight to the snow. That makes it tougher to remove and it's harder on the equipment.

The weekend storms also caused Incline schools to start two hours late, Monday morning. "We're tough up here. We don't cancel school very often and when we have a delay, there's a really good reason. And there was, last night," says Mark Zimmerman, Site Administrator, Incline High School.

The amount of snow was partly to blame for the delay but officials say it was the water content that made it hard for drivers. "All day, Sunday, it had rained on top of that snow and became fairly dangerous. The county was having trouble moving the snow and our grounds crews were having trouble moving the snow because it was so heavy and filled with moisture."

(The Associated Press, KTVN reporter Paul Nelson contributed to this report.)

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