Lake Tahoe Weather: Another foot of snow possible at lake level
Snow totals could rapidly vary across the Tahoe Basin Tuesday as more bands of snow move into the area, dumping as much as a foot of snow at lake level.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno, while a backcountry avalanche warning from the Sierra Avalanche Center is in place until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Avalanche danger is high at all elevations.
Per the storm warning, accumulation above 7,000 feet could range from 8 to 14 inches Tuesday, while 5 to 10 inches could accumulate below 7,000 feet. Areas where heavy snow bands persist could see up to 18 inches.
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“Bands of snow will continue through tonight with the heaviest snow expected today,” according to NWS. “Snow may rapidly vary in intensity over short distances.”
Throughout the day and night, NWS states that South Lake Tahoe could see anywhere for 6 inches of snow to 1 foot, with a 100 percent chance of precipitation Tuesday.
Incredible winds last night! The Reno Airport even hit 71 MPH at 1:10AM. Share your reports with us! pic.twitter.com/ehJF98DWZs
— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) February 21, 2017
Winds are expected to range from 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Peak gusts on the Sierra ridge could be as strong as 135 mph.
NWS warns that rapid rates of snowfall — up to 2 inches per hour — and winds could cause dangerous whiteout conditions, particularly over mountain passes and in the backcountry.
On area highways just after 6 a.m., chain controls were in place on U.S. 50 from 3 miles east of Kyburz to Meyers. California Route 89 is closed from 5 miles north of the junction of U.S. 50 to Bliss State Park and Emerald Bay due to snow. Elsewhere on 89, chain control are in place from Picketts Junction in Alpine County to 2.7 miles south of the junction of U.S. 50.