Snow and sun draw crowd |

Snow and sun draw crowd

Staff reports

New snow and partly sunny skies drew nearly 300 people to the Spooner Snow Park on Sunday.

Officials estimated there were between 200 and 300 snow enthusiasts enjoying the thigh-deep snow near the intersection of highways 50 and 28.

Heavenly Ski Resort reported receiving 2 to 3 inches during an early morning snow shower.

Kirkwood reported 6 to 8 inches of snow over the past 24 hours, bringing it up 109 inches.

Blue Canyon along Interstate 80 received 1.11 inches of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service.

A light snow fell over most of Western Nevada, with accumulations of an inch or more in Dayton Valley and other locations.

However, sunny skies and temperatures climbing into the 40s melted away any hopes for a white Christmas.

The forecast for today and Christmas Day calls for partly cloudy skies with highs in the low 40s and lows in the teens.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, precipitation was at 1.46 inches for December, well above the average month to date of 1.1 inches. However, the wet month did little to dent the average for the year, which remains at half average precipitation.

December, January and February are typically when Western Nevada receives most of its precipitation.