Surfers ride Lake Tahoe’s waves ahead of winter storm (video) |

Surfers ride Lake Tahoe’s waves ahead of winter storm (video)

Surfers catch some waves on Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Courtesy of Peter Spain Photography

Lake Tahoe’s waves were rather mighty today, as steady winds rolled in ahead of a forecast winter storm.

The National Weather Service Office in Reno reported 22 mph winds on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 24.

Community members around the lake captured photos and video of surfers, who made their way onto the water to catch some waves.

A slow-motion video from Peter Spain Photography showed several surfers riding the waves on the lake’s North Shore.

Surf was up today , and a powder day tomorrow, only in Tahoe! A few shots from around Tahoe’s N Shore today Adrift Tahoe Keep Tahoe Blue

Posted by Peter Spain Photography on Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Footage from Placer County Sheriff’s Office captured how strong the waves were for boats as well. There were 5- to 6-foot swells on Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

There’s definitely no calm before this incoming storm! PCSO’s Marine 6 crew is on Lake Tahoe today, and they are experiencing sustained 40-knot winds and 5- to 6-foot swells. One gust was just clocked at 75 knots! But the crew said that Marine 6 is well within its capabilities under these stormy conditions. Anyone heading to the Lake Tahoe area should be prepared for the storm and carry tire chains, food, and water. Be safe!

Posted by Placer County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 24, 2018


A southwest wind will continue into Wednesday night with gusts as strong as 35 mph, according to NWS.


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