Adam Jensen: C’mon snow, don’t fail us now
Given the media’s apparent ability to crush a storm system’s strength with an overabundance of hype, I’m reluctant to even mention the possibility of snowy weather this weekend. But enough is enough, I’m ready for some pow.
I mean, wearing T-shirts and soaking up some 60-degree weather is a tough thing to complain about, especially when half the country is riding out one of the rougher winters in recent memory. But it’s February at Tahoe, our hopes for winter tend toward nasty and snowy rather than dry and sunny.
It’s not like there hasn’t been plenty of things to do. Running in shorts, mountain biking and some skiing have all be on my agenda, but slashing powder turns, unfortunately, hasn’t. Hopefully everyone will be able to slash some powder turns off their checklists this weekend, if the forecast pans out.
“The big story in the forecast is a storm system currently in the northeast Pacific which will drop along the West Coast Friday into Saturday,” according to a Wednesday weather discussion from the National Weather Service in Reno. “This will bring showers and much colder temperatures to the region. This system does originate in the Pacific and has moisture wrapped into it, but is a hybrid slider in that it drops south over land, almost along the Sierra, and so does not maintain a Pacific moisture tap.”
While this particular type of storm is tricky to pin down as far as which areas will be hardest hit, according to the Weather Service, more than six inches of snow are possible above 7,000 feet in the Lake Tahoe Basin and Eastern Sierra through Saturday night.
“In the Sierra, 3 to 6 inches is possible from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, with additional accumulation possible during the day Saturday,” according to the discussion. “Forecaster confidence is low to medium for Western Nevada snow totals and medium for the Sierra snow totals. The big thing to keep in mind is if you have travel plans for Friday and/or Saturday, your travel may be impacted by snow.”
Another small storm is expected Tuesday into Wednesday and could bring some more snow. It seems like we’ve heard those predictions a lot this winter, with mostly disappointing results on the other end. Call me crazy, but I’m hopeful this one pans out. If not, let the angry emails fly. The address is below.
Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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