Lake Tahoe weather: 2-3 more feet of snow possible Friday at upper elevations
TRUCKEE, Calif. — After a break from wintry weather that pounded the Tahoe-Truckee region with more than 20 feet of snow in January, a new system could bring an additional 2 to 3 feet at upper elevations by the weekend — and also, for lower levels, the potential for rain.
According to the National Weather Service in Reno, after a mild start to the week, weather patterns will change on Thursday as a Pacific storm moves into the region.
“Forecaster confidence is high that we will see a weak to moderate atmospheric river storm Thursday and Friday, with generally high snow levels and moderate to heavy precipitation amounts, especially in the Sierra,” according to a long-term forecast discussion for the Tahoe-Truckee region.
According to the discussion, the forecast lines up for a modest atmospheric river, “meaning this storm won`t be as strong as the storms we saw earlier in January, but it still looks to have the potential to be a weak to moderate storm for the region.”
According to NWS, snow levels will start out around 6,000 feet Thursday morning, then rise to near 7,000-7,500 feet by Thursday afternoon/evening — meaning rain is likely for a period of time at lake level.
A cold front is then expected to move through Thursday night, with snow levels coming back to 6,000-6,500 feet by Friday morning.
In all, up to 2-3 feet of snow is possible for elevations above 7,000 feet.
Below 7,000 feet, “snow amounts will be more limited to less than 6 inches due to the warming and change-over to rain,” meteorologists said.
“No flooding is expected with mainstem rivers at this time, although rises on rivers and creeks is likely,” according to NWS.