Snow levels have been relatively high as of late, but snow levels are expected to drop to 5000ft tonight. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect through tomorrow.
Total snow accumulations of 2-5 FEET above 7500ft.
A lot of high elevation rain is falling currently, but that is expected to change tonight through tomorrow, when snow levels drop. Heavy accumulations are likely through Tuesday.
California: 2-5 FEET of Snow Total Above 7500ft
* Snow Accumulations: Above 7500 feet...2 to 5 feet. Between 6500 and 7500 feet...8 to 24 inches. Heaviest snow will be west of Highway 89 and along the Sierra crest. Below 6500 feet...Up to 8 inches mainly on Tuesday. - NOAA Reno, NV
Winter Storm Warning:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Reno NV 508 AM PST Mon Feb 20 2017 Greater Lake Tahoe Area- Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline, and Incline Village ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST TUESDAY... * Timing: Moderate to heavy snow and rain will continue through Tuesday with the heaviest snow expected this afternoon and evening. * Snow Accumulations: Above 7500 feet...2 to 5 feet. Between 6500 and 7500 feet...8 to 24 inches. Heaviest snow will be west of Highway 89 and along the Sierra crest. Below 6500 feet...Up to 8 inches mainly on Tuesday. * Winds: South to Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph. Sierra ridge gusts over 100 mph, with peak gusts up to 150 mph tonight. * Wave Heights on Lake Tahoe: 2 to 5 feet with highest waves expected tonight from mid lake to the north and east shores. * Snow Levels: Between 7000 and 7500 feet through this evening, possibly lowering to near 6500 feet at times during periods of heavy precipitation. Snow levels will then fall to near 6500 feet by early Tuesday morning and below 6000 feet by Tuesday afternoon. * Impacts: Heavy snow will create dangerous conditions, with travel being severely impacted over the Sierra passes. Snowfall rates will exceed 2 inches per hour at times, producing whiteout conditions over the passes and in the backcountry.