Lake Tahoe weather: Storm could bring 7 inches of snow above 7,000 feet
Winter-like weather that has lingered at Lake Tahoe for the past five days is sticking around a little longer.
The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a winter weather advisory starting at midnight. It will last until 10 a.m. Tuesday.
There is an 80% chance of precipitation Tuesday. Total snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible at lake level. Elevations above 7,000 feet could see 3-7 inches of new snow with the highest totals expected near the Sierra Crest.
Tuesday’s high temperature will reach 40 degrees and the overnight low will fall to 34 degrees. Wind gusts as strong as 25 mph are likely Tuesday.
Monday will bring a brief break from the storms. Conditions will be mostly sunny and the high temperature will reach 48 degrees. Winds of 5-15 mph are likely.
That will change Monday night. The overnight low will drop to 37 degrees. A strong chance of snow showers is expected after 11 p.m., according to the weather service. Stronger winds, with gusts as high as 30 mph, are anticipated.
The chance of precipitation will fall from 50% to 30% Tuesday night. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.
Although temperatures will warm slightly through the remainder of the week, they will still remain well below the average for this time of year.
“A series of systems will keep high temperatures well below average along with periods of breezy winds and rain and snow for the next week,” the weather service states. “Travel impacts from snow are expected in the Sierra Monday night through Tuesday morning. Cool, showery weather will continue through at least Memorial Day but snow levels are forecast to rise to around 7000-8000 feet by the middle of this week.”
Wednesday will see a 40% chance of precipitation. Little to no snow accumulation is expected. The high temperature will climb to about 46 degrees. Wednesday will remain mostly cloudy. The overnight low will fall to 38 degrees.
A chance of showers will persist through the week and into the weekend.