High Winds Shut Down 3 Tahoe Ski Resorts Today | Up to 7-Foot Waves Forecast on Lake Tahoe…

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Surfing Lake Tahoe, CA. image: mtweekly.com
Surfing Lake Tahoe, CA. image: mtweekly.com

The wind is nuking in Lake Tahoe, CA/NV today.  

Up to 90mph gusts on the ridges today already and the the wind is forecast to increase.

Up to 130mph winds are forecast today:

SIERRA RIDGE GUSTS UP TO 130 MPH.
- NOAA Reno, NV today

Lake Tahoe is forecast to see 3-7 foot waves today.

* LAKE TAHOE: DANGEROUS LIFE THREATENING BOATING CONDITIONS ARE
  EXPECTED WITH WAVE HEIGHTS 3 TO 7 FEET.
  -NOAA Reno, NV today

The wind and rain has shut down 3 Tahoe ski resorts:

  • Squaw Valley
  • Homewood (closed due to rain, not wind)
  • Mt. Rose
Wind speeds at Squaw's summit today. CIRCLES = highest wind speeds noted. image: noaa, today
Wind speeds at Squaw’s summit today. CIRCLES = highest wind speeds noted. image: noaa, today

Tahoe ski resorts that are open have limited operations generally only running lower mountain lifts.

Alpine Meadows has Roundhouse open, so we’re going to head over there and give it a whirl.

The boys will most certainly be out there surfing the lake today.

HIGH WIND WARNING for LAKE TAHOE:

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
453 AM PST WED DEC 14 2016

GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-GREATER RENO-CARSON CITY-MINDEN AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, TRUCKEE, STATELINE,
INCLINE VILLAGE, SPARKS, GARDNERVILLE, AND VIRGINIA CITY

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO
4 PM PST THURSDAY...

* TIMING: SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TODAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH
  THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT
  THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS 65 TO 70 MPH. GUSTS
  OVER 80 MPH LIKELY IN WIND PRONE AREAS AROUND RENO...CARSON
  CITY AND MINDEN. SIERRA RIDGE GUSTS UP TO 130 MPH.

* LAKE TAHOE: DANGEROUS LIFE THREATENING BOATING CONDITIONS ARE
  EXPECTED WITH WAVE HEIGHTS 3 TO 7 FEET.

* IMPACTS: WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO DAMAGE
  TREES...POWER LINES AND ROOFS. STRONG CROSS WINDS WILL CREATE
  HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH ROAD CLOSURES POSSIBLE.

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