5 feet of new snow atop Sierra (w/video)

  • A skier relaxes on a chair lift as he climbs the mountain at the Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort near Echo Summit, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/)

RENO, Nev. — Sierra ski resorts and drought-stricken farmers are rejoicing after a weekend storm dumped up to 5 feet of snow on top of the mountains and brought near-record rainfall to Lake Tahoe.

A winter storm warning expired Monday morning at Tahoe, where Incline Village schools were delayed two hours.

The National Weather Service says the level of Lake Tahoe had risen an estimated 4 inches by Sunday — a total of 13.7 billion gallons of water or enough to cover 65 square miles a foot deep.

Weather service meteorologist Dawn Johnson says elevations above 8,000 feet got 3 to 5 feet of snow, with 2 to 3 feet in areas between 7,000-8,000 feet.

The 4.4 inches of rain at Tahoe City, Calif., was the ninth biggest daily total on record.

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