Sierra Resorts Reporting Heaviest Snowfall In Decades

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Snowfall at the Sierra At Tahoe Resort. (photo courtesy of Sierra-at-Tahoe)

Snowfall at the Sierra At Tahoe Resort. (photo courtesy of Sierra-at-Tahoe)

LAKE TAHOE (CBS/AP) – Another potent storm dumped heavy snow Thursday night and Friday morning in the Sierra Nevada, closing highways, schools and ski resorts around Lake Tahoe.

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Squaw Valley USA ski resort reported nearly 4 feet of new snow overnight at an elevation of 8,200 feet and 2.5 feet of new snow at 6,200 feet.

The Tahoe-area resort has reported more than 50 feet of snowfall for the season, only the third time since 1970 that it has hit that mark.

Northstar-at-Tahoe is reporting its snowiest winter in 25 years, with more than 42 feet of snow.

Water officials are hailing a series of powerful March storms, saying they ensure healthy summer water supplies for Nevada and California residents, farmers and businesses depending on the Sierra snowpack.

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