La Nina is over and El Nino could be on the way, forecasters say

The climate phenomenon is a by-product of a years-long cycle of water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and has been in its cool phase for the past three winters -- a rare feat for an event that typically lasts for one winter, maybe two.

Snow closes at least 3 Tahoe ski resorts

At least three ski mountains in the Tahoe area — Heavenly, Homewood and Sugar Bowl — were closed Sunday out of caution and for the safety of guests and employees.