Snowfall in South Lake Tahoe reduced by storm shift |

Snowfall in South Lake Tahoe reduced by storm shift

Isaac Brambila

A shift south in the storm that hit South Lake Tahoe late Friday morning pushed back precipitation in the city and delivered lower snow levels than previously predicted for Friday and Saturday.

After the storm had passed on Saturday morning, only a half-an-inch of snow had accumulated at the airport, a significantly lower level than the 5-to-10-inch snowfall initially predicted to fall below 7,000 feet, Jessica Kielhorn, a meteorologist technician with the National Weather Service, said.

Though precipitation managed to turn the mountains in the area white, only between 3 and 4 inches of snow accumulated in areas such as Heavenly Resort as of Saturday morning, Kielhorn said.

On Thursday, meteorologists had predicted between 8 and 14 inches of snow.

Some areas required snow chain and winter tire warnings, but no road closures were reported.

In addition to lower precipitation, rain also arrived later than initially expected. There was about a 30-percent chance of rain as early as 11 a.m. on Friday and chances were predicted to increase as the day progressed. However, most of Friday remained sunny and the first drops did not fall until late Friday night.

In town, the lowest temperature reported between Friday night and Saturday morning was 32 degrees. However, following the short storm, the temperature has dropped even more and reached as low as 20 degrees Monday morning at the airport.

The rest of the week is expected as to remain sunny with temperatures rising to the mid 60s after Wednesday and hitting a high of 67 on Thursday.

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