Rain, snow expected to hit Lake Tahoe after stint of record warm weather
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Following its driest month on record, South Lake Tahoe has already begun shattering records in February.
The region broke day records for highest temperature on Feb. 2, 3 and 4. Temperatures reached 59 degrees on Feb. 2 and 3 and 62 degrees on Feb. 4 — the highest since in 1968.
The unusual temperatures followed South Lake Tahoe’s driest month on record, in which the average total temperature was 8.5 degrees above normal.
Fortunately for the area — and California, which is barreling into its fourth year of drought — precipitation is expected this weekend and could bring snow overnight Sunday.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service are expecting the storm to be broken into two periods of precipitation, with the first starting Friday. Rain is anticipated below 8,000 feet and snow is possible at higher elevations, though the snow level will be highly variable, Weather Service Forecaster Zach Tolby said today.
Precipitation is expected to lighten up Saturday, paving the way for a small break in moisture between Saturday night and Sunday. Another round of precipitation will begin Sunday during the day, but the heaviest will likely occur Friday night, according to Tolby.
On Sunday night, there is a chance temperatures could drop enough to lower the snow level below the level of Lake Tahoe and create the possibility of snow at South Lake Tahoe.
“For the Tahoe area, that might be the best chance to see snow down at lower elevations,” Tolby said.
By Saturday evening, forecasters predict about 2 inches of precipitation before the next round of moisture begins.
A wind advisory was in effect today and was set to continue throughout Friday until 4 p.m. Friday is expected to be the windiest day of the multi-day storm. Tolby said winds could reach 20-25 mph with gusts of up to 55 mph.
During that time, waves on Lake Tahoe are anticipated reach three to seven feet in height.
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