El Nino still on track as ski resorts open

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Government forecasters continue to predict a strong El Nino this winter.

The US climate prediction center released its monthly report Thursday.

It shows a 95 percent likelihood of the El Nino weather pattern hitting California, with above-average precipitation across much of the state.

Forecasters say it could be one of the strongest El Ninos in the past 65 years, and could linger into late spring.

Meanwhile, recent snow is allowing Sierra area resorts to open earlier than the traditional Thanksgiving weekend start.

Some resorts opened up last week, with more preparing to welcome skiers and snowboarders this weekend.

Retailers hope the snow will help them bounce back from dismal sales last year.

Many sporting good websites are offering sales along with the snow. The retailers have extra inventory because of the below average snow total last year.

As for the ski resorts – Boreal Mountain Resort, Alpine Meadows and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe are already open. Heavenly, Northstar, Squaw Valley and Kirkwood open this weekend.

KTVU meteorologist Steve Paulson says the Sierra should expect more snow this weekend.

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