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Lake Tahoe weather: At long last, snow is in the forecast

A series of storms is headed to the Truckee/Tahoe region, according to the National Weather Service in Reno, although it’s unclear how much snow and rain is expected to fall by the end of the week.

“Significant precipitation in the form of rain and snow is likely to begin Thursday afternoon, although how much will fall is still uncertain,” according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook. “Snow levels may rise above 8,000 feet Thursday into Friday before falling over the weekend.”

Temperatures dipped Sunday night as a cold front swept through the region, bringing with it a small dusting of snow. The low temperature Monday is forecast at 0 degrees, according to NWS.

As the week progresses, high temperatures are expected to rise into the mid- to upper-40s, with the first chance for snow and rain on Wednesday.

According to the website tahoeweatherdiscussion.com, things could look a bit more like a Tahoe January on Friday and into the weekend.

“Total liquid looks to be around 3-4 inches through Saturday. Above 8,000 ft. we could pick up 3-4 feet with this storm with lots of rain at lake level,” the website’s Monday morning update reads. “The snow levels crash down to lake level on Saturday with moist flow continuing behind the cold front. It’s hard to say how much snow falls in the lower elevations based on the timing of the snow levels coming down, but 1-2 feet possible above 7,000 feet and up to a foot at lake level. We’ll have to watch closely during the storm.”

Furthermore, another storm could hit the region Sunday and early next week, according to various forecasts.

Below is an extended forecast from www.noaa.gov for the Truckee/Tahoe region.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Calm wind.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 0. West wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 37. West wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Breezy, with a west wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday: Snow likely, mainly between 10am and 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a west wind between 20 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Wednesday Night: A chance of snow before 10pm, then a chance of rain. Snow level rising to 6400 feet. Cloudy and breezy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday: Rain. High near 48. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Thursday Night: A chance of rain. Cloudy and breezy, with a low around 36.

Friday: Rain. Cloudy and windy, with a high near 50.

Friday Night: Rain and snow. Snow level 6700 feet lowering to 6000 feet. Cloudy and windy, with a low around 34.

Saturday: Snow. Cloudy and breezy, with a high near 34.

Saturday Night: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 17.

Sunday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 34.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 16, 2012 11:37AM Published Jan 16, 2012 11:34AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.