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Weak spring storm to bring light rain, snow today; Boreal closing April 13

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Staff Writer
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Winter weather is going to make a weak attempt at dampening spring's parade in the foothills the next couple of days. Chances are, the sky is a little gray and gloomy as you're reading this. Inclement weather hasn't completely left for the season, but a little spring sprinkle is all area residents will likely see, said George Cline, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. Cline said Tuesday afternoon that the foothills and the Sierra might catch the north end of a storm system coming in from the south, resulting in a light sprinkling of rain and snow today. We're actually on the north fringe of the storm, Cline said. It doesn't look like much at all, maybe a tenth of an inch. The snow level should hit the 5,500-foot mark today, but there won't be much white stuff to show for Mother Nature's efforts. The ski resorts will get a little bit, but not large accumulations, Cline said. Another storm system coming through the area this weekend is more of the traditional winter storm in the sense that it's coming from the north, Cline said. Expect a slight chance of rain Sunday and Monday, he said, with snow levels remaining around the 6,000-7,000 range. While Auburnites might have already swapped their galoshes for their flip-flops, mountain resorts are hoping local boarders and skiers haven't quite put away their winter gear just yet. Now's the perfect time to hit the mountain for some last-minute snow, said Jon Slaughter of Boreal Mountain Resort, which is scheduled to close out the 2007-08 winter season April 13. We focus on terrain parks, and riding terrain parks in the spring weather is perfect. It's not cold, you can be out in a hoodie, Slaughter said Tuesday. A lot of people want to learn at the start of the season, but the weather's cold, unforgiving. A lot of people are starting to think about baseball, but it's warm and the snow's forgiving. It's a good time to learn. Greg Murtha, director of marketing at Sugar Bowl, said there's plenty of riding and skiing to be had before the resort closes April 27. We've had some spring-like weather but it's gotten cold again, Murtha said. The snow is in fabulous condition. Sometimes people forget that spring is a great time to go skiing. You've got great snow and great weather. There's some great skiing to be had. The Journal's Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at lorylln@goldcountrymedia. com, or comment online at auburnjournal.com.