Snow extremely thin in the Sierra Nevada |

Snow extremely thin in the Sierra Nevada

Around the Mountains

TRUCKEE, Calif. ” The snow was thin through January at the Truckee-Tahoe resorts, about 40 percent of normal. The result: cutbacks and layoffs. One ski area, Sugar Bowl, reduced hours of food workers, lift operators and housekeepers 50 to 80 percent, according to the Sierra Sun. About half of the seasonal employees in the Truckee-Tahoe area come from other countries, with a good many from South America.

January was also extremely dry in central Idaho, leaving Sun Valley at 71 percent of average.

In Jackson Hole, meanwhile, January was the third-coldest month in history, or at least in about 40 years, which is as far back as reliable records go. The average high temperature was 19 degrees, and the average low was 4 below. But although it was consistently cold, there were no extraordinary cold temperatures. The record was set in 1979, when the temperature plunged to 63 below.

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