Weather update: First and weakest of three storms to move in Tuesday |

Weather update: First and weakest of three storms to move in Tuesday

While the National Weather Service remained cautious today about predicting snow amounts in a series of storms that will begin tomorrow and last through the weekend, the Tribune’s own forecaster says there’s a possibility of several feet in the Sierra by Sunday.

“Computer models are showing fairly heavy precipitation with the weekend storm with several feet of snow possible in the upper elevations by Sunday evening,” said Tom Cylke, a retired meteorologist who has forecasted for the Lake Tahoe and Reno regions since 1974 with the weather service.

The first of the series of storms will blow into the region tomorrow afternoon, with strong storms expected later this week and into the weekend. The first weak system will bring rain and light snow accumulations, according to the weather service.

The more significant storms will punch the region Thursday into Friday after brief clearing on Wednesday and again on Saturday.

Snow levels near 6,000 feet will lower to 4,000 to 5,000 feet by Friday morning. Periods of snow are possible Thursday night and Friday in the Sierra with lighter precipitation into Western Nevada.

“Some significant snowfall is possible in the Sierra with this storm but amounts and location still remain in question,” according to a special statement from the weather service.

The strongest storm in the series will begin Saturday. Significant snow amounts are expected with this storm in the Sierra however the location of the heaviest snow remains uncertain, the weather statement said. The Carson Valley and Carson City could see accumulations from the storm.

“Differences in the current forecast models continue which means confidence in the timing of these systems and predicting the actual snowfall amounts remains very low at this time,” the weather service added.

Read Cylke’s full forecast in Tuesday’s Tahoe Daily Tribune and check back to for more developments on the storms.

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