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Less than an inch of snow expected at Lake Tahoe

Griffin Rogers

A cold front expected to move into the Lake Tahoe Basin this weekend could bring a bit of snow, but not much.

Forecasters predict the heaviest precipitation from the storm to hit south of the basin, in Mono County, on Sunday. But in most areas of Tahoe, less than an inch of snowfall is anticipated.

To some, that may sound like another less-than-ideal storm in an ongoing drought. However, experts say February has already shown an above normal amount of precipitation for South Lake Tahoe.

Normal precipitation for the month is 2.62 inches for the area. So far, the city has received 3.86 inches. All of that came over a four-day span from Feb. 6 to Feb. 9.

It’s good news for those wishing for wet weather, but National Weather Service Forecaster Jon Mittelstadt said its impact on the drought is small.

“It’s like pouring one cup of water in a bucket without water,” he said.

However, the storm will also bring in colder temperatures after a week highlighted by record-breaking high temperatures. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday all broke record temperatures in South Lake Tahoe.

“This long stretch of above-normal temperatures — we’re finally glad to see that come to an end Sunday,” Mittelstadt said.

The normal high temperature for Feb. 21 and 22 is 45 degrees. Saturday is expected to exceed that number, when temperatures reach the low 50s. But Sunday is anticipated to stay just below 40.

Isolated snow showers could start early Sunday morning or late Saturday night, with the weather not expected to clear until late Sunday night, according to the weather service.

Winds will be fairly light throughout the weekend, but could reach gusts of up 30 mph Sunday.

Partly cloudy skies are expected Monday.

By the end of next week, another wet system could be headed to the area. There’s some potential for snow there, too, but Mittelstadt said it’s too early to tell.

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