The bad news: The snowpack survey in the Sierra Nevada on Tuesday measured far below normal, leaving California facing a fourth year of severe drought, the Associated Press reports.
The better news: in the short term, storms brought serious powder to California ski resorts from Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and north to North Lake Tahoe. The three-day storm that started Friday dumped more than 2 feet of snow at many resorts.
Squaw Valley, Mt. Rose Ski Resort, Northstar California and others welcomed boarders and skiers who at places were knee-deep in newly fallen snow. There was enough of the white stuff to open the Royal Gorge cross-country skiing resort in Soda Springs, Calif.
Here's what the North Lake Tahoe Visitors' Bureau reported Tuesday on local ski resorts:
--Alpine Meadows in Tahoe City, Calif., gained 28 inches; six lifts and 43 runs are open
--Boreal Mountain Resort in Soda Springs, Calif., gained 22 inches; seven lifts and 30 runs are open
--Diamond Peak Ski Area in Incline Village, Nev., gained 24 inches, five lifts and 22 runs are open
--Mt. Rose Ski Resort in Reno, Nev., gained 10 inches; seven lifts and 41 runs are open
--Northstar California Resort in Truckee, Calif., gained 16 inches; 13 lifts and 64 runs are open
--Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, Calif., gained 32 inches; 22 lifts and 61 runs are open
--Sugar Bowl Resort in Truckee, Calif., gained 24 inches; seven lifts and 67 runs are open