Snowmelt pushes Lake Tahoe water level close to legal limit

  • In this March 5, 2018 file photo, sunlight shimmers off the snow and waters of Lake Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Water stored at Lake Tahoe has nearly reached its legal limit after snowmelt from a stormy winter left behind enough to potentially last through up to three summers of drought. The lake has been within an inch of its maximum allowed surface elevation of 6,229.1 feet above sea level for more than three weeks and crept to within a half-inch this week. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

RENO, Nev. — Lake Tahoe is the fullest it’s been in nearly two decades.