Winter storm to bring rain, snow to Lake Tahoe; flooding possible
Rain is falling in South Lake Tahoe.
And, according to the National Weather Service in Reno, it will continue to do so until Thursday afternoon when colder temperatures could bring a snowy mix.
A winter storm warning for elevations above 7,000 feet remains in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday. Above 8,000 feet, snow totals from the storm could range from 2-5 feet.
Snow levels are expected to rapidly rise Wednesday to 8,000 feet before eventually falling back below 6,000 feet Thursday evening.
South Lake Tahoe and Truckee could see 6-10 inches of new snow.
Officials warn the combination of heavy rain and snow could cause flooding at lake level.
“We need people to get prepared now,” Chris Fiore, communications manager for the city of South Lake Tahoe, said in a press release. “Clearing off existing snow, making sure drains are clear and will be able to flow properly, all of these are simple things everyone can do to minimize the impact of the storm.”
Sandbags are available at two locations in the city:
- City Public Works Yard, 1160 Rufus Allen Blvd.
- Fire Station 3, 2101 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Strong winds up to 55 mph are possible during the storm. Over the Sierra ridge, gusts could exceed 150 mph.
Conditions will likely complicate travel, especially over mountain passes, the weather service warns.
“Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Very strong winds could cause extensive tree damage.”