NEWS

Skies clear after big Easter storm

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Travel conditions were complicated in the town on Mount Shasta and Easter Sunday 2010 as 15 inches of snow fell.

The snowstorm that swept through the Mt. Shasta area on Easter Sunday set a new record for April 4, but it fell short of the all-time record for April.

National Weather Service observer Frank Christina said he recorded 15 inches of snow on April 4, 2010, breaking the previous mark of 12 inches on April 4, 1948.

The Mt. Shasta Ski Park reports more than two feet of new snow on its slopes.

As of 8 p.m. Sunday night, Christina reported 17 inches of snow on the ground, which ties the previous record.

Christina also recorded 8 inches of snow on Good Friday. The 23 inches of snow that fell in town from Friday to Sunday was well above the average for the entire month of April, which is 8 inches, according to Christina.

But April has seen bigger storms. Christina said the all-time April snow record is 24.9 inches on April 1, 1958. There was also the 1967 storm that dropped 22.5 inches of snow on April 17.

Snow turned to ice Sunday night as skies cleared. It is partly cloudy Monday as the storm system moves south. Forecasts call for partly cloudy conditions throughout this week.

Snowplows returned to the streets of Mount Shasta during the Easter Sunday storm of 2010.