Lake Tahoe weather: Chance of rain, snow possible at end of week
After a sunny start to the week, Lake Tahoe will likely see rain and possibly even snow heading toward the weekend.
Mostly sunny conditions are expected Monday and Tuesday, which will see high temperatures around 66 and 61 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. Low temperatures of 39 degrees and 44 degrees are expected Monday and Tuesday.
Along with sunny conditions, the start of the week is expected to be breezy with gusts as strong as 25 mph possible Monday and Tuesday.
The pleasant springtime conditions are expected to end Wednesday.
“The recent warmth will come to an end midweek as a cold storm system sets up over the west,” according to the weather service. “High temperatures by Thursday may only reach into the upper 50s to low 60s in the warmest valley locations.”
Wednesday will see a 30% chance of precipitation mostly after 2 p.m. The high temperature will reach 55 degrees and the low will dip to 39.
Thursday is expected to be even colder with the high temperature only reaching 45 degrees, according to the weather service.
There is an 80% chance of precipitation, which will likely be rain until 11 p.m., when a mix of rain and snow is likely. Thursday’s low temperature is expected to drop to 33 degrees.
“Snow levels could fall to 6000 feet at times with snow accumulation possible in mountain locations,” explains the weather service. “Roadways could be impacted overnight, but given road temperatures during the day this time of the year, it is doubtful there will be any daytime accumulation.”
A chance of precipitation is possible Friday, which will be slightly warmer. The high temperature could reach about 47 degrees, while the low will drop to 35 degrees.
The seasonally cold temperatures and likelihood of precipitation are expected to linger through the weekend.
“Periods of rain and snow are also likely beginning Wednesday, lasting through the weekend and possibly into the early part of next week,” according to the weather service. “The most likely period for widespread showers and wetting rain will be on Thursday, with additional periods of showers throughout the weekend.”
In short, the weather service advises having a back-up plan if your primary plans involve outdoor recreation this weekend.