Lake Tahoe weather: Winter weather advisory to take effect Saturday

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Tahoe Basin Saturday evening into Sunday morning.
Ryan Hoffman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Summer is only a month away but in the Sierra Nevada it feels closer to winter — and it will continue to do so through the weekend.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the Lake Tahoe region until 10 a.m. Friday. The National Weather Service in Reno says motorists should be prepared for some snow covered roads at higher elevations.

As of 7 a.m., a limited number of chain controls are in place throughout the region.

Scattered snow showers are possible before 11 a.m. There is a 40% chance of precipitation for Friday. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.

Conditions otherwise will be mostly sunny Friday. The high temperature will reach 45 degrees and the low will drop to 35. Winds of 10 mph are possible.

Saturday will be slightly warmer earlier in the day with a high temperature of 48 degrees. There will be a 50% chance of precipitation.

Another winter weather advisory will take effect at 5 p.m. Saturday. It will remain in place until 10 a.m. Sunday, according to the weather service.

Total snow accumulation of up to 3 inches is possible at lake level. Elevations above 7,000 feet could see anywhere from 4 to 10 inches of snow.

NWS Reno for SLT

Winds from 50-85 mph are possible over exposed ridges.

“Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving,” the weather service cautions.

There is a 70% chance of precipitation Sunday. Snow is likely, although accumulation is expected to be less than 1 inch.

The high temperature will reach 41 degrees while the low will drop to an unusually chilly 29 degrees.

The winter-like conditions are expected to persist into the start of the next week.

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