A slow start to snowpack this season

Snowpack in the Sierra is off to a slow start. Mount Rose has about three feet of snow and 11 inches of water content, according to the SNOTEL site. That’s 84 percent of the normal rate. Experts say this is one the driest starts for those areas of higher elevation since recordkeeping began in 1981. In the Tahoe Basin, snowpack is only 30 percent of the normal rate. At the Truckee Basin, it’s at 59 percent. But there’s still time, January is typically our wettest month of the year.