Spring storm could bring wide range of snow at Tahoe

Staff Report

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Travel impacts are likely Thursday morning, and in the evening, as a storm moves through the Tahoe Basin. A dusting of snow fell overnight and the roads may be slick.

The National Weather Service in Reno issued a winter weather advisory that is in effect through 11 p.m. Thursday evening.

Chains are required Thursday morning on Mount Rose Summit and on Daggett Summit over Kingsbury Grade.

The service is expecting anywhere from 10 to 18 inches of snow near and west of California State Route 89 above 7,000 feet, with 5-10 inches below, and for areas east of the highway, just 2-6 inches are expected.

“The highest totals will be for the Sierra crest and western portion of the Tahoe Basin, with much less snow on the eastern side of the basin,” the service said in the advisory.

Winds may gust up to 60 mph and waves may reach up to 3 feet on the lake.

The service advises travel may be difficult and strong winds could cause tree damage.

After a break on Friday with sunny skies and a high near 50, another storm will hit the region in the evening and into Saturday.

Snow and rain showers are expected with snow accumulations up to 3 inches possible at lake level.

“Blended guidance shows a 30% chance of 0.25″ of rain for areas right along the Highway 395 corridor, but for the Basin a few drops may be the best this storm can drum up,” 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.”

Call 511 for the latest road conditions.

Easter Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high of 60 with breezy winds up to 15 mph.

Storm chances return on Monday and Tuesday.


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