Blue skies and temperatures in the high 60s provided a feeling of spring the weekend of March 11-12 in the Mt. Shasta area. While the Mt. Shasta Ski Park is reporting a snow depth of 118 inches at the top of its Douglas lift, only traces of snow were seen on the trail around Lake Siskiyou Sunday afternoon.
The National Weather Service reported that the city of Mount Shasta received 11 inches of precipitation in February, which is close to 4 inches more than normal and the sixth wettest February on record. The 2.13 inches of precipitation that fell in Mount Shasta Feb. 9 was a record for that date, eclipsing the previous record of 1.9 inches in 1919.
The average maximum February 2017 temperature of 46.5 was 2.1 degrees below normal, according to NWS, while the average minimum temperature of 27.0 was 3.5 degrees above normal.
The US Forest Service March 2017 snow survey showed snowpack and water content results "far above normal," according to the report distributed by Marcus Nova, Assistant Resource Officer for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest's Shasta McCloud Management Unit.
High temperatures are predicted to be 68 Monday and Tuesday this week, before dropping to 59 on Wednesday. Friday's forecast shows a slight chance of rain with a high of 62.