Lake Tahoe weather update: Snowstorm prediction continues to lose steam |

Lake Tahoe weather update: Snowstorm prediction continues to lose steam

Kevin MacMillan
Tahoe Daily Tribune

LAKE TAHOE – It appears this week’s snowstorm is losing steam – or snow – with each passing hour.

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, the basin should see snow at lake level after 10 a.m. Friday, with daytime accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible.

The heavier snow should fall this after, as the basin remains in a winter storm warning from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eight to 16 inches of the white stuff is expected above 7,000 feet, while 3 to 8 inches is forecast at lake level.

While there is a 100 percent chance of precipitation Friday, the prediction has dropped to 50 percent for Friday night.

According to NWS on Thursday night, 100 percent precipitation was in the forecast for Friday night.

Winds have been high, however, which could add to Friday’s storm. According to NWS, south to southwest winds at 25 to 40 mph are expected throughout the day Friday, with gusts at times reaching 60 and 70 mph. Gusts up to 130 mph are expected on the Sierra ridges.

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“Snow and strong winds will create local blizzard conditions over the higher elevations … reducing visibility to near zero at times and (creating) dangerous travel conditions,” NWS reports.

At the start of the week, the storm was expected to dump several feet of snow in higher-elevation areas, and as much as 1 to 2 feet at lake level.

Stay tuned to all winter long for weather and road condition updates.