2 snowy weeks in the forecast
March 2, 2006
Lake Tahoe may be entering the snowiest period of the winter with two cold systems forecast to follow the current storm.
The front that brought only a couple of inches to the South Shore early Thursday may leave behind up to 20 inches of snow by Friday night.
And that’s just the beginning.
“They’re lining up and they’re all looking strong,” said Rhett Milne, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.
Forecasters expect 10 to 20 inches of snow at lake level, and 2 to 3 feet above 7,000 feet through Friday afternoon.
A second winter storm, forecast to reach Tahoe on Sunday night and last through Tuesday, may be as strong or stronger, Milne said.
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“Two to 3 feet of snow is not out of the question,” he said, talking about the amount of snow the higher elevations of the Tahoe area might receive.
Meteorologists are also eyeing a low-pressure system headed toward the area on Wednesday night. It is also coming in from the Gulf of Alaska.
Apart from the massive warm storms that brought rain around New Year’s, this may be heaviest precipitation the region has seen this winter – and little to no rain is forecast out of the disturbances.
“This is the most active week to two weeks we’ve seen this winter,” Milne said of the snow.
Simon Smith, a South Shore co-op observer for the National Weather Service agreed, saying that what’s lined up in the Pacific for the next 20 days has the potential of dropping more snow than the entire winter season.
“These patterns go in 21-day cycles, and from what we see, it’s a good bet that we’ll see more snow than any other time this winter,” he said.