Nature bats last and the weather in March is hitting a grand slam for the outdoors. The latest storms to sweep across the Bay Area, Sierra Nevada and Northern California are a game changer for the snowpack, reservoir levels — and the imminent blossoming of spring across the parklands and greenbelt in the Bay Area. In a two-week span, the bottom of the ninth for winter, the storms arrived in time to transform the prospects for camping, hiking, boating, fishing and wilderness for the spring and summer recreation season.
It’s predictable that some people will look at one of the lakes still low, talk drought, and then say something like, “The storms didn’t really put much of a dent in it.” These folks do not take into consideration how much water is taken out of the lakes, rather than how much is going in.
Snow: The latest blasts put up to 48 inches of fresh snow on the western flank of the Sierra crest, from Yosemite to Tahoe. In many areas this month, this adds up to 100 to 125 inches of fresh snow. For the rest of March, this will open up terrain for spring skiing. Even Homewood, perched just above the shore of Lake Tahoe, not known for high snow totals — and with a sensational run where it can feel like you are sailing down into the lake — reported base depths of between 90 and 130 inches. On Friday, Sugar Bowl near Truckee topped 250 inches for the year.