Snow to fly through Thursday
A series of winter storms are expected to move into the Sierra, affecting the greater Lake Tahoe area beginning early this morning and continuing through today, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.
Light snow is expected to develop over the area with accumulations expected to reach 2 to 4 inches by this morning.
“There won’t be a lot of moisture with the first system,” said National Weather Service spokesman Scott McGuire. The remaining systems won’t be huge snowmakers but are decent Sierra winter storms, he added.
“We’re ahead of the snowfall amounts compared to last year,” McGuire said. “Last year, we didn’t have a big winter storm until the end of February.”
McGuire said there will be a decent amount of moisture with the storms and a decent snowfall with the second and third systems. The highest amount of snow will be in the Lake Tahoe Basin and northward.
“This will be nice for the ski resorts,” he said.
The second storm is expected to hit later tonight and continue into Tuesday. There also will be a storm Thursday continuing into Friday.
Representatives from Tahoe ski resorts are looking forward to the storms.
“We’re excited,” said Kirkwood Mountain Resort marketing communications manager Daniel Pistoresi. “We’re expecting 3 to 4 feet of snow over the next few days. It’s perfect for the holiday season.”
Pistoresi said that in celebration of the storms, Kirkwood is extending their season pass sale. “We’ll keep prices as they are until the snow stops falling,” he said.
Pistoresi said Chair Six is open and the Timber Creek Base Area also is open. The cross-country area currently has 30 kilometers of groomed trail.
“This gets us into this week and into next weekend, and we will have holiday event schedules to announce next week,” he said.
Heavenly Mountain Resort also is eagerly anticipating the new snow.
“We are looking forward to this storm,” said Heavenly director of communications Russ Pecaroro. “Hopefully, it will bring the kind of snow they are talking about.”
Pecaroro said more of the resort will be open. “We should be able to open a lot more of the resort,” he said. “We have the most open terrain in Tahoe. Hopefully, the storm will get people excited for Christmas.”
Kirstin Cattell, spokeswoman for Sierra-at-Tahoe, said snow will be welcomed there.
“We’re looking forward to the incoming weather system and hope it will bring as much snow as possible,” Cattell said. “We want to open more terrain as conditions allow. We’ll see what Mother Nature sends us.”
Cattell said no new lifts have opened at Sierra, but three lifts are open now, and if the resort receives more snow, West Bowl will open.
According to Weather.com, there is a potential for significant snow accumulations in these storms that may create hazardous winter driving conditions.