Snow expected for Tahoe Sunday, this week |

Snow expected for Tahoe Sunday, this week

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Two snowstorms forecast for the Tahoe region could be the beginning of a cold, wet winter, said Scott McGuire, National Weather Service meteorologist.

“The pattern is changing to a cold and wetter pattern,” McGuire said. “It looks like it’s going to be an active pattern through the extended forecast.”

Cold air from Canada is expected blow into the basin Sunday night and bring with it a higher snow ratio. Snow ratio refers to the amount of snow produced for what would have been an inch of rain. For Sunday that ratio is 20 to 25 inches of snow for one inch of rain.

“For the skiers and snowboarders there is going to be really nice powder snow,” McGuire.

That system is forecasted to last through Monday evening. After cloudy skies and temperatures near 3 degrees Tuesday morning, snow is set to come again Wednesday and last through Friday.

The mid-week storm will be a more typical Sierra Nevada storm with more moisture than the Sunday to Monday storm, McGuire said.

While the majority of the second system is going to hit south of the lake, Tahoe will see “decent snowfall,” McGuire said.

Currently the Tahoe basin’s snow pack is at 31 percent of average, according to the NWS. Last year at this time it was at 1 percent of average.

“We are a little higher but nowhere near normal,” McGuire said.

However, these snowstorms could help those numbers.

“We’re definitely going to get some decent snow from these two systems and these systems only help to increase our snow pack,” McGuire said.

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