The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning, Winter Storm Watch, and Winter Weather Advisory for California. They are in effect from this Afternoon through Friday Morning. A strong atmospheric river event is forecasted to impact the area, which will result in heavy snowfall above 7,000ft.
2-4 FEET of Snow Above 7,500ft Today – Friday Morning.
The Winter Storm Watch is in effect for areas above 7,000ft, which is where the majority of the accumulating snowfall will occur. Snow is expected to fall at Lake Level by Thursday Night, but accumulations are expected to be minimal.
Additional Storm Info:
California: 2-4 FEET of Snow Above 7,500ft Today – Friday Morning
* Total snow accumulations of 2 to 3 feet mainly above 7500 feet, with localized amounts up to 4 feet near the Sierra Crest, are expected. - NOAA Reno, NV
CA Winter Storm Warning:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Reno NV 335 AM PDT Wed Mar 21 2018 Greater Lake Tahoe Area- ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 AM PDT FRIDAY ABOVE 7000 FEET... * WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 3 feet mainly above 7500 feet, with localized amounts up to 4 feet near the Sierra Crest, are expected. 4 to 10 inches down to 7000 feet, with localized amounts up to 18 inches west of Highway 89, are expected. * WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area above 7000 feet. * WHEN...From 5 PM this afternoon to 5 AM PDT Friday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Gusty southwest to west winds near 45 mph are possible at times and may create periods of near whiteout conditions as well as choppy conditions on Lake Tahoe. Travel will be very difficult to impossible over the higher passes. Snow levels will fall to lake level by late Thursday night, but accumulations will be minimal. Damage to trees and power lines is likely