NOAA is forecasting 10-20″ of snow above 6,000′ for Lake Tahoe, CA from Thursday – Sunday next week with 2-3 FEET of snow along the Sierra Crest in Tahoe.
EXTENDED DISCUSSION (Thursday THROUGH Sunday) Return to wet weather second half of next week as a Pacific weather system moves through NorCal Thursday and Friday. Early projections of snowfall are 10 to 20 inches above 6K ft with 2 to 3 feet over the peaks and along the crest. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Snow levels look just good enough for this storm with snow levels not forecast to go above 7,000′ in Tahoe at this point. Forecaster confidence is low for snow levels at this time so hopefully they’ll be even lower.
Snow levels will initially be around 6000-6500 feet Wednesday night and Thursday, then models show rising snow levels to around 6500- 7000 feet Thursday afternoon. The snow level coming up to above 6500 feet would mean a transition from snow to a rain/snow mix around the Tahoe Basin and Truckee, with snow levels expected to drop again Thursday night into Friday morning as a cold front moves through the region. The snow level forecast is still low confidence, but snow levels should remain around the 6000-7000 foot level for most of the event and elevations below 5500 feet should remain all rain. - NOAA Reno, NV today
California just went through an amazing snow cycle that dropped about 100″ of snow then went bluebird the past 5 days.
Both Squaw and Mammoth have received more snow this month than they have ever recorded for the month of January.
At least two California ski resorts have already seen over 400″ of snow and it’s only January.
It’s been all time in CA.