Lake Tahoe weather: Sunshine Monday; rain and snow possible later this week
After a week of sunshine and seasonally warm temperatures the Tahoe Basin will see a slight chance of rain and snow later this week, which could open the door for a stronger storm this weekend.
Sunny conditions with above-average temperatures will continue Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. High temperatures will reach 48 degrees in South Lake Tahoe and 46 in Incline Village. Lows will drop to the mid 30s.
There will be a slight chance of precipitation — 10 percent in South Lake Tahoe and 20 percent in Incline Village — Monday evening.
Tuesday will bring a 30 percent chance of precipitation to the lake. With high temperatures reaching 48 degrees in South Lake Tahoe and 45 in Incline Village any precipitation is expected to fall as rain. There is a 10 percent chance of snow in Incline Tuesday night.
A 20 percent chance of snow will extend into Wednesday morning for Incline Village before changing to rain. There will be a 20 percent chance of rain during the day at the lake. Low temperatures will dip to 32 degrees in South Lake Tahoe and 30 degrees in Incline Village.
A slight chance of precipitation will continue Thursday morning before sunny conditions return later in the day. High temperatures are expected to reach 47 degrees in South Lake Tahoe and 46 in Incline Village.
Friday could bring a slight chance of rain and snow. High temperatures will reach the low 40s.
Forecasters are increasingly confident that the weak storms could pave the way for a stronger storm over the weekend.
While it is looking more certain that a storm will hit the region, snow accumulation is less certain and dependent on the arrival of a possible cold front Saturday morning.
“Snow level deviations at this point are 1000-1500 feet in elevation,” the weather service states. “This is something to take into consideration with the current forecast which starts snow levels around 7000-7500 feet Friday and then falling to around 5000-5500 feet Saturday.”
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