Monday’s weather: Snow and wind are on the way
An active week weatherwise this week as a series of fast moving storms will impact our region every 18 to 24 hours or so.
For today, after some snow last night and early this morning mostly cloudy conditions will prevail.
Occasional light snow will continue especially along the Sierra and West shore of Lake Tahoe with only scattered snow showers at best elsewhere. Breezy conditions will continue today with southwest winds in the 10 to 20 mph range with gusts to 30 mph by afternoon and ridge winds to 70 mph.
Tonight is when the fun begins and a Winter Storm Watch is in effect from late tonight through Tuesday. Snow will increase across the Sierra and spread down the east slopes into the Tahoe basin and Truckee areas rapidly with some heavy snow possible along with gusty winds.
Lows tonight will be in the mid to upper 20s with winds picking up from the southwest in the 15 to 25 mph range with gusts to perhaps 40 mph and ridge winds up to 80 mph.
There is the potential with this system to see 6 to 12 inches of snow below 7,000 feet with 1 to 2 feet above 7,000 feet by Tuesday evening. As always the heaviest amounts will fall along the Sierra on Tahoe’s west shore and travel will become difficult over Sierra passes including Echo Summit, Carson Pass and Donner Summit.
Simon Smith is a former Co-op observer for the National Weather Service in Reno. His is filling in for Tom Cylke who is on vacation.