Lake Tahoe weather: More snow, strong winds in forecast Sunday; avalanche warning issued
Sunday will bring more snow and hazardous conditions to the Tahoe Basin.
Moderate to heavy snow is expected starting late in the morning, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. Strong winds will create blizzard conditions and near zero visibility at higher elevations.
A winter storm warning that started Saturday afternoon remains in effect until 4 a.m. Monday.
There is a 90 percent chance of precipitation Sunday. South Lake Tahoe could see 4-8 inches of snow, while 3-5 inches is in the forecast for Incline Village. Several more inches of snow is possible Sunday evening into early Monday morning.
Winds could range from 15-20 mph, with gusts as strong at 35 mph at lake level.
The combination of wind and snow is making for dangerous conditions in the backcountry and avalanche-prone areas. The Sierra Avalanche Center issued a warning stating “considerable avalanche danger” is present at all elevations.
“High danger will last through the night,” according to the center. “Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.”
High temperatures on Sunday will be 34 degrees in South Lake Tahoe and 33 in Incline Village. Lows will only be 1-2 degrees colder than the day’s highs.
The weather service recommends avoiding travel Sunday afternoon if possible.
“If you must travel, prepare for long delays and carry an emergency kit with extra food, water and clothing. If you stay home, have a backup plan in case of power outages.”
Sunday’s weather marks the second of three winter storms expected over five days.
The first storm on Saturday delivered nearly 1 foot of new snow to some Lake Tahoe resorts.