Lake Tahoe Weather: 4 to 8 inches of new snow; another atmospheric river expected Monday
The high country in the Sierra Nevada could see more than a foot of snow Friday.
That prediction of 8 to 14 inches of new snow is for elevations above 7,000 feet, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Below 7,000 feet, 4 to 8 inches of new snow could fall Friday, with up to 1 foot of snow possible west of California Route 89.
While a winter weather advisory will be in effect from 7 a.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, the heaviest snow is expected Friday afternoon and evening. Snow levels will hover near 5,000 feet Friday morning, eventually rising to around 6,000 feet Friday evening.
Travel delays and chain controls are likely on most highways around the Tahoe Basin, NWS warns. Visit the California Department of Transportation website and Nevada Department of Transportation website for road conditions.
Storms expected to impact Friday and Monday travel in the Sierra. Monday’s storm could cause very long delays and closures in the Sierra. pic.twitter.com/PWCBMwUg74
— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) February 17, 2017
Rain and snow showers are expected to linger into the start of next week when a “moderate to strong atmospheric river” will bring in heavy precipitation, including snow at high elevations, Monday. NWS issued a flood watch that will take effect Monday morning.
The Upper Truckee River in South Lake Tahoe is among the waterways with the highest risk of flooding. The Truckee and Carson rivers are expected to remain below flood stage.
“Moderate to heavy rain and snow melt will contribute to increasing flows on rivers and streams with an enhanced flooding potential Monday and Tuesday,” NWS cautioned Friday morning.