Up to two feet of snow if being forecasted above 7,000 feet in Lake Tahoe this weekend with snow levels down to 5,000 feet. Ironically, this is Squaw Valley’s closing weekend when we’d expect temps in the 70s and lots of hot tubbing. This really shouldn’t be shocking at all to people who know Tahoe. It does this nearly every year. Remember when they tried doing the Tour of California in Tahoe bicycle race in Tahoe in late May 2011? Yeah, it snowed the whole time for that event and most of it was canceled.
According to NOAA, this weekend storm is looking strong:
HIGH END LIQUID AMOUNTS FOR FRIDAY TO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING REMAIN AT 1-2 INCHES [read: 1-2 feet of snow] ALONG THE SIERRA CREST AND NEAR 0.75 AROUND THE TAHOE BASIN. POTENTIAL REMAINS FOR A SIGNIFICANT SNOW EVENT ABOVE 7000 FEET IN THE SIERRA BY LATE APRIL STANDARDS. - NOAA
SNOW LEVELS ON TRACK TO FALL BELOW 7000 FEET FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND AS LOW AS 5500-6000 FEET FOR EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. - NOAA
This whole week has funny weather as temperatures are expect to drop 20-25 degrees on Tuesday with snow levels down to 4,500 feet. Tuesday will only have a high of 30F at 8,000 feet. Tonight through Tuesday should deliver about 4 inches of new snow to elevations above 8,000 feet.
Temperatures will stay cold all week long with highs in the 30s and 40s through the weekend.
Squaw Valley will be open this weekend along with Alpine Meadows. Alpine is only open Fri, Sat, Sun now through early May.