Lake Tahoe Action: Preparing for Lake Tahoe’s anticipated weekend snowfall
November 3, 2017
A storm is coming.
According to the National Weather Service, winter weather is headed to Lake Tahoe this weekend, with a storm forecast to enter northern California and Nevada by Friday, Nov. 3, and last throughout the weekend.
While it's likely lake level will see a maximum of a few inches accumulate over the course of three days, this system marks the first storm alert of the 2017-18 fall and winter season — so we've compiled a light-hearted list of ways to ensure you successfully navigate this weekend's inclement weather.
How to drive
At the first sign of even the slightest precipitation, it seems like everyone suddenly forgets how to drive. Take a deep breath, get behind the wheel and buckle up — because even if your driving skills aren't tested this weekend, your patience sure will be. Play happy music that takes you back to simpler times, before road construction and less than 12 hours of daylight.
A few other tips: Don't white-knuckle the steering wheel, and if you feel uncomfortable just drive slightly slower than usual. And be sure to use your turn signal — it's there for a reason.
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What to get
Preparation is key for any storm, and early November marks the perfect time to double-check that you have all necessary items stocked up for the winter. Pile up safety items such as flashlights, first aid kits, tire chains, ice scrapers, blankets, bottled water and warm coats and dump them in your trunk.
Chances are you won't need them this weekend (unless you're traveling at elevations higher than lake level), but it's best to be on the safe side. You might want to throw in that animal onesie you wore for Halloween just for good measure.
Don't lock yourself away
Come on — it's the first storm of the season, which means you shouldn't be a wimp and merely sit to watch the snow fall (but full disclosure, we won't judge you if that's what happens).
Instead, use those handy driving tips we mentioned earlier and get out on the town. Sam Bush performs at Crystal Bay Casino on the North Shore and a night of heavy metal takes over Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (which then welcomes U.K. natives The New Mastersounds a few days later). Another option: Grab a drink at a craft brewery (or Wet Willie's, which is our spotlight for Drink of the Week).
For the newbie
Is this your first storm? Good thing it's just November, and it's not even supposed to be that extreme.
The most important thing is mentality: You'll get through it. If you're a little harebrained and identify with Joyce Byers of "Stranger Things," maybe your best bet is to load up on your drink of choice to get through the weekend.
However, now that this article is written, the forecast will last-minutely change and we likely won't see snow for a couple months — so enjoy your weekend of sunshine and be sure to pack some flip-flops.