A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for much of California and it is in effect from 4pm Saturday – 4pm Sunday. Heavy snow and high winds are expected.
10-18″ of Snow for Lake Tahoe Saturday Afternoon – Sunday Afternoon with ridge wind gusts up to 115mph.
Snow levels associated with this storm are expected to initially be at 5500ft, but they will drop down to the valley floors Saturday Night.
Lake Tahoe, CA: 10-18+” of Snow Over 5500ft
* Snow Accumulations: 10 to 18 inches above 5500 feet, with the highest amounts west of Highway 395. 2 to 6 inches elsewhere including around Susanville. - NOAA Reno, NV
California Winter Storm Warning:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Reno NV 103 PM PST Fri Mar 3 2017 Lassen-Eastern Plumas-Eastern Sierra Counties- Greater Lake Tahoe Area- Including the cities of Portola, Susanville, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline, and Incline Village ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SATURDAY TO 4 PM PST SUNDAY... * Timing: Snow will develop late Saturday afternoon with a period of heavy snow likely Saturday night. Snow showers to continue into Sunday. * Snow Accumulations: 10 to 18 inches above 5500 feet, with the highest amounts west of Highway 395. 2 to 6 inches elsewhere including around Susanville. * Winds: Southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Ridge wind gusts between 100 to 115 mph. * Lake Tahoe Wave Heights: 2 to 4 feet with the highest waves from midlake to northeastern shores. * Snow Levels: Around 5000 feet Saturday afternoon falling to all valley floors by Saturday night. * Impacts: Snow and gusty winds are likely to produce significant reductions to visibility and difficult travel, especially across Sierra passes, in addition to possible chain controls. Hazardous boating conditions on Lake Tahoe.