Forecast Fuels Hope in the High Sierra

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People who live and work in the Sierra are hoping this week’s weather will bring back the crowds that stayed away when the weather was dry.

FOX40 visited to town of Truckee Tuesday night where the sidewalks were quiet, and businesspeople told us they’ve been missing the tourist dollars.

“It’s definitely been real slow, real hard for a lot of us out here doing this,” said Neil Smalley, a cab driver with High Sierra Taxi.  “So we’re hoping we get some snow (to) bring some people into town.”

“It’s dire that we get some type of precipitation in the winter,” said Nikki Price, a server at Dragonfly sushi restaurant.

On a positive note regarding the snow at area resorts, “The few storms that we did get allowed enough coverage,” explained Price.  “The cold snap that we had in January allowed the snow to firm up at night and stay good.”

A forecast predicting snow that will be measured in feet by this weekend is adding to the positive vibe that seems to come naturally to the locals.

“It definitely brings up spirits in general,” concluded Smalley.  “When we’ve got fresh snow, everybody’s got a smile on their face.”

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