Lake Tahoe weather: Light snow Monday morning, mid-week storm in forecast
Light snow is in the forecast for the Tahoe Basin Monday morning, as is another mid-week storm that could add to the snowfall from this past week.
There is a 30 percent chance of precipitation in South Lake Tahoe Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. Total daytime snow accumulation is expected to be less than an inch.
After the showers move through the region, Tahoe will see partly sunny conditions Monday. The high temperature in South Lake Tahoe is expected to reach 42 degrees.
Good looks, Mother Nature! So far we’ve received an inch of new snow, and it’s still coming down!
— Sierra-at-Tahoe (@Sierra_at_Tahoe) January 22, 2018
The bigger weather event could come Wednesday when a fast moving storm is expected to reach the Tahoe region. Along with heavy snow, the storm is expected to bring windy conditions to the Sierra.
As winds increase during the day Wednesday, peak gusts at lower elevations could range from 45 to 55 mph. Wind prone areas in eastern California and western Nevada could see gusts up to 70 mph.
Precipitation is expected to reach the Tahoe Basin Wednesday evening. While lower elevations will likely see rain early on, it will likely change to snow as a cold front passes through Wednesday night.
Snow could be heavy at times, with up to 18 inches possible above 7,000 feet Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Between 6 inches to 1 foot could accumulate between 5,500 and 7,000 feet.
“This storm could even bring a couple inches of snow to the lower valleys of far western Nevada and northeast California, including the Reno and Carson City area,” according to a special weather statement from NWS, which also noted that the storm is still taking shape and conditions could change.
A weak disturbance will bring light snow to parts of eastern CA tonight and early Monday. A stronger and colder storm is expected late Wednesday into Thursday, bringing more snow to the Sierra and possibly to lower elevations. Expect some travel impacts with the midweek system. pic.twitter.com/oIPYILHeOE
— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) January 21, 2018
A storm this past week brought some of the first measurable snow at lake level and more than half a foot of snow at South Shore resorts.
As of Monday morning Heavenly Mountain Resort reported 19 inches of new snow over the previous seven days. Sierra-at-Tahoe reported 10 inches at its summit and Kirkwood Mountain Resort reported 8 inches.
An area of lake-enhanced snow occurred over parts of Douglas, Alpine, and El Dorado counties last night! Road conditions were degraded but will continue to improve through the morning hours. Dry and cool conditions will prevail today. pic.twitter.com/C3Q2xiKCmq
— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) January 20, 2018