Lake Tahoe weather: Winter storm could dump 5 inches of snow at Tahoe |

Lake Tahoe weather: Winter storm could dump 5 inches of snow at Tahoe

The view from an AlertTahoe camera Friday morning.

The Lake Tahoe region could see nearly half a foot of snow by the end of the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The basin can expect two days of partly sunny conditions before rain, and possibly snow, moves into the region Saturday evening, according to the special weather statement.

Strong winds stemming from a “potent Pacific storm” will sweep into the Tahoe Basin Saturday afternoon. Winds will be strongest Sunday, with 20 to 30 mph breezes at Tahoe and gusts as strong as 55 mph.

“Precipitation will begin as rain, even at the passes, as snow levels start high. Snow levels will
begin to fall early Sunday evening with snow over the passes possible before midnight.”

Snow levels will start at 9,000 feet Saturday afternoon eventually falling to 6,500 in the Tahoe Basin on Saturday evening.

“Snow levels will crash Sunday night and fall to near the lower valley floors as the precipitation ends. … Be prepared for major travel delays over Sierra passes due to slick and snow-covered roads.”

Up to 5 inches of snow could accumulate around Lake Tahoe, while Sierra passes could see between 4 -10 inches of snow, according to initial estimates by NWS. Light accumulations of less than 1 inch are possible as low as 4,500 feet.