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New snow, good weather could provide ideal conditions at Sierra resorts

Snow is cleared from Donner Pass Road in Soda Springs, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.
Snow is cleared from Donner Pass Road in Soda Springs, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Associated Press

A layer of new Sierra snow and clearing weather conditions will make for the best ski weekend of the season in Northern California.

Sugar Bowl at Donner Summit reported Friday morning that the storm that began pounding the region Thursday dumped 16 inches of snow at the resort’s 6,883-feet elevation base and 22 inches at the 8,383-feet summit.

Kirkwood Ski Resort on Friday morning reported 13 inches of snow in 24 hours.

The National Weather Service reported that about 1 to 2 feet of snow fell above 6,000-feet elevation. Blue Canyon along Interstate 80 had about a foot of new snow, and Kingvale, at 6,100 feet, had about 9 inches.

Additional snowfall is expected Friday, but the storm is wrapping up, said Jim Mathews, forecaster for the National Weather Service. A few inches if snow is expected Friday after noon in the Sierra.

“There are still some showers expected today,” said Mathews.

The much-anticipated storm started warm but cooled as the weather front exited, dropping snow levels to about 4,500 feet overnight.

After the sun comes out Saturday, the forecast is for mostly dry weather through Sunday. The next weather system will arrive in the region next week, Mathews said.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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