The El Niño influence continues to push Pacific Ocean moisture over the Sierra Nevada mountains and into central Nevada, burying White Pine County in snow levels not experienced in two years.
The snow started falling Saturday, Jan. 30, with between one and two inches measured around Ely. The next day over four inches fell and early Monday morning, Feb. 1, 10 inches fell in the city. The Town of Ruth measured 12 inches of snowfall and the accumulated snow depth in Ely reached 25 inches by the end of the storm.
County and city government buildings were closed Monday, as were all schools. The day brought clear skies but temperatures remained chilly, reaching -5 degrees at 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Temperatures dipped even further the next day, to -16 degrees at 5 a.m. Residents of the town of Ruth reported wind chill factors as low as -45 degrees.
Another storm brought a 20 percent chance of more snow showers Wednesday night after 10 p.m. and into Thursday, Feb. 4, but the forecast for the next few days predicts sunny, clear skies and high temperatures rising into the mid-30s.