Lake Tahoe Weather: Rain to turn to snow Thursday
The first in a series of storms has entered the region and triggered a winter weather advisory for the Tahoe Region, which could see 4 to 10 inches above 6,500 feet and up to 3 inches below that elevation.
The National Weather Service’s advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. A mix of rain and snow is expected below 7,500 feet early Thursday morning with rain turning to snow above 6,000 feet by late morning. Winds could range from 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. On the Sierra ridge gusts could be as strong as 120 mph.
“Watch for rapidly worsening conditions this morning with travel delays and chain controls over passes,” NWS warns. “Slushy roads are possible at lake level during periods of heavier snow.”
6:20 AM Thursday: I-80 over Donner Summit quickly becoming snow covered. 2″/hour snowfall rates thru the rest of AM commute. pic.twitter.com/2CQYKral72
— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) February 16, 2017
The adverse weather enters the region roughly a week after storms caused flooding around South Lake Tahoe and elsewhere. Rain doused the Tahoe Basin and triggered mudslides along U.S. 50 between Meyers and Placerville.
“Our recommendation is to utilize the quieter periods to clear snow, mud and debris from storm drains and poor drainage areas, and to keep flood mitigation measures in place through next week,” NWS warns.