Lake Tahoe weather: Mostly blue skies, warmer temperatures in forecast
March 15, 2017
The official first day of spring is less than a week away and after several months of heavy snowfall and winter storms, residents and visitors have been treated to spring-like conditions the past week.
And according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Reno, the worst — or best, depending on how you look at it — appears to be in the books.
Warmer temperatures and bluebird skies are expected to linger through the rest of the week and into the weekend. An increased likelihood of cloud coverage and possible precipitation is in the forecast starting Saturday.
"Looks like not really anything real big," Brian O'Hara, meteorologist with NWS is Reno, said Tuesday. "There's another chance [for precipitation] around Sunday, but that's mostly going up to the Pacific Northwest."
The high temperatures are expected to dip back down a bit next week, which, combined with possible precipitation, could lead to some light snowfall. However, O'Hara said any storms will likely pale in comparison to the storms that dumped snow by the foot in the mountains.
Those winter storms through January, February and early March closed roads and schools, and kept public works crews busy. Heavenly Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Mountain both have recorded around 600 inches or more for the season, while Sierra-at-Tahoe has measured 537 inches.
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While there will likely be some more storms heading into spring, O'Hara said he doesn't anticipate any systems similar to those in the past couple months — at least not in the next several weeks.
"[We're] not expecting anything really big for the rest of the month and into April," he said. "It's kind of nice."