Wednesday’s weather: Much colder with scattered snow showers
A cold front will push across the Tahoe Basin this morning generating scattered snow showers with brisk northwest winds 15 to 30 mph.
Snow accumulations are expected to be generally light with amounts ranging from 1 to 3 inches in the upper elevations to an inch or less at lake level.
There is a chance that with very cold air spreading across the Tahoe area later today and this evening some lake effect snow bands could develop along the south and eastern shores of Lake Tahoe.
Lake effect snow has been observed over larger lakes such as Tahoe when extremely cold air comes in contact with relatively warmer water and will generate local bands of instability showers on the lee side of the lake.
Thus some areas around southern Lake Tahoe could see more than an inch of snow if these bands develop.
High temperatures today are expected to reach the mid to upper 20s around the lake and only the mid teens at the 8000 foot level where skiers could experience below zero wind chill as winds gust to around 50 mph over the ridges.
Clearing skies tonight will allow overnight temperatures to drop to between 3 above to 8 below zero at lake level.
Thursday looks to be dry and cold with increasing clouds ahead of the next weather system forecast to bring more snow to the area Thursday evening into Friday. Highs on Thursday are projected to be in the mid to upper 20s.
Current forecast models are estimating between 6 to 12 inches on new snow above 7,000 feet with up to 6 inches at lake level by Friday evening. Keep a close eye on the weather if you are planning to travel in the Sierra Thursday night into Friday for changes in snow levels and snow amounts.
” Meteorologist Tom Cylke can be reached at email@example.com.