Forecasters are predicting several inches of snow Saturday morning, as the latest storm aligns with South Lake Tahoe.
Gusty winds and snow are expected to arrive this afternoon and continue into Saturday morning, with about a foot of snow expected at elevations of 7,000 feet in the Sierra, said Jessica Kielhorn, meteorologist technician at the National Weather Service in Reno.
The wet weather is needed if South Shore is to get back to normal snow and rainfall averages, she said. The area has received 0.13 inches of water from snow and rainfall so far this season, which is well below typical early-season totals.
“We definitely are behind,” Kielhorn said.
Temperatures will stay below freezing for the next few days, starting with lows of 6 degrees and highs of 26 degrees today, she said. Highs for the weekend will be 24 degrees Saturday and 26 degrees Sunday, with lows resting at 16 degrees Saturday and -1 degree Sunday.
The oncoming weather system could result in the coldest temperatures of the year Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service website.
Kielhorn said the cold air will continue into next week.
“We won’t start warming up until Tuesday,” she said.
Wind gusts up to 30 mph are expected in the greater Lake Tahoe area, which could speed up to 80 mph along ridges after midnight Friday, according to the weather service.
South Shore’s latest storm is forecast to arrive less than a week after a Tuesday storm dropped four to six inches of snow on Heavenly, according to the report.
The wet weather caused several vehicle accidents in the area.
California Highway Patrol received calls for one collision with minor injuries and six spinouts Tuesday, said spokesperson Jeff Gartner. On Wednesday, the South Lake Tahoe station received calls for one collision with complaints of pain, two collisions with no complaints of pain and one spinout.
Nevada Highway Patrol reported that the agency responded to 15 slide-offs, 38 motorist assists, 40 property-only accidents and 17 injury accidents in Northern Nevada before noon Tuesday.
NHP also responded to four trooper-involved accidents, which were not the fault of the officers, according to a press release.
In all, 41 slide offs, 112 motorist assists, 118 reported property only accidents and 56 reported injury accidents were reported between 7:30 a.m. and midnight.
“The Nevada Highway Patrol urges the motorists of Nevada to use caution when driving on all Nevada roadways,” NHP stated.
Drivers should use their seatbelt, turn on their headlights, make sure all vehicle windows are free of snow and ice, distance themselves from other drivers and slow down to provide faster reaction times, according to NHP.