Lake Tahoe weather: Snow, rain in forecast after 7 inches of snow recorded in high country
May 7, 2017
Lake Tahoe received a blast of winter weather Saturday and more could come today.
According to the National Weather Service in Reno, there is a 50 percent chance of precipitation in South Lake Tahoe Sunday. That could come in the form of rain and/or snow, although little to no accumulation is expected. NWS’s winter weather advisory expired Sunday morning.
As of 6 a.m. Sunday, Squaw Valley, one of the few Tahoe ski resorts still operating, reported 2 inches of snow in the past 24 hours at 6,200 feet. Squaw recorded 7 inches of new snow at 8,000 feet. This past week the resort said it would stay open beyond July 4, a first for Squaw.
The Lake Tahoe Airport in South Lake Tahoe recorded 1.16 inches of precipitation Saturday and early Sunday. Spring runoff has already led to flooding in the Sierra Nevada. Water managers have been releasing water from Lake Tahoe into the Truckee River, which has flooded parts of the bike and pedestrian trail along California Route 89 between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley.
On Friday the Upper Truckee River in South Lake Tahoe reached 9.6 feet, which is within 1 foot of flood stage. As of 9 a.m. Sunday Lake Tahoe’s level stood at 6,227.93 feet — 1.17 feet from the lake’s legal limit.
More pleasant springtime weather is expected to return to Tahoe this week, according to NWS. The current forecast calls for mostly sunny days with high temperatures in the mid to high 60s this week.
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