Winter advisory: Snow, cold temps, strong winds expected on Mother’s Day at Tahoe

Staff Report
The view Sunday morning from the summit at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Snow showers and cold temperatures will join strong winds for Mother’s Day at Lake Tahoe.

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a winter weather advisory for Lake Tahoe that goes into effect at 11 a.m. Sunday and lasts for 12 hours.

The service said 4 to 10 inches of snow is expected along the Sierra crest, including Donner and Echo Summits, and 1 to 4 inches below 7,000 feet with the higher amounts on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.

The gusty winds that have been in the basin for the better part of a week will continue with sustained winds in the 20-30 mph range with gusts up to 55 mph and up to 70 mph on ridge tops. Lake conditions will be hazardous for small boats with waves expected to reach 4 feet and possibly up to 5 feet in localized areas.

Travelers should plan on slippery roads with the most likely time for accumulating snow during the evening hours.

“However, any convective snow showers may produce sufficient snowfall rates to result in an earlier onset for accumulation on the roads,” the service said. “Even light snowfall causes major travel delays, especially during periods of high traffic volume. Be sure to allow extra time to reach your destination.

“The atmosphere will remain unstable Monday so after a break overnight into Monday morning, another round of snow/pellet showers are on the table Monday afternoon,” the Service added. “Again, no big snow totals but travel could see some issues by commute time Monday evening.”

Snow showers are forecast for Tuesday as well.

The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 511.

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