Lake Tahoe weather: Storm arriving Monday morning; 6 inches of new snow possible at lake level
It’s looking like Lake Tahoe will have a white Christmas.
A winter weather advisory is set to take effect at 10 a.m. this morning and expire at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Christmas Day.
Snow levels will start around 6,500-7,000 feet Monday afternoon before falling to below 5,500 feet thanks to a cold front Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.
Daytime highs on Monday will reach 44 degrees in South Lake Tahoe and 41 in Incline Village. Lows will dip to 28 in South Lake Tahoe and 29 degrees in Incline.
The storm could deliver 1-6 inches of snow at lake level (elevation 6,225 feet). Above 7,000 feet, there could be anywhere from 6 to 15 inches of new snow.
Winds will range from 10-15 mph, with gusts as strong as 30 mph at lake level and 60 mph on the Sierra Ridge, which could hamper ski resort operations Monday. Be sure to check-in with the resort before heading out.
“Travel could be very difficult,” warns the weather service. “The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Strong winds could cause tree damage.”
There is a 40 percent chance of snow/rain for Christmas Day. Highs will reach 36 degrees in South Lake and 35 in Inclines, with lows of 23 and 24.
Wednesday will bring a slight opening for travel, with mostly sunny conditions expected before a chance of snow returns Thursday.