NOAA is reporting that a cold, “potent,” Gulf of Alaska storm is forecast to hit Lake Tahoe, CA this weekend with 6-12″ of snow and snow levels dropping as low as 4,000-feet.
“Some of the highest elevations of the Sierra could see nearly a foot of new snow between Saturday night and early Monday morning.” – NOAA Sacramento, CA today
The biggest snow totals will be focused north of highway 50 (south Lake Tahoe) but Yosemite and Mammoth will see some snow. Snow levels will be around 5,000 to 6,000-feet during the bulk of the precipitation that’s forecast to come through on Sunday morning.
NOAA is forecasting up to a foot of snow specifically targeted at the Mt. Rose (Carson Range) area. Thus far, the Mt. Rose region of Tahoe has provided for the deepest snowpack and best skiing in Lake Tahoe this season and it’s about to get better.
FOR THE SIERRA, POTENTIAL FOR A MODERATE SNOW EVENT IS RELATIVELY HIGH BASED ON THE LATEST GUIDANCE, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE TAHOE BASIN NORTHWARD TO WESTERN LASSEN COUNTY WHERE CURRENT PROJECTIONS INDICATE SNOWFALL POTENTIAL UP TO 6 INCHES. WEST OF THE LAKE TO THE CREST, AND AROUND THE CARSON RANGE, SOME LOCATIONS MAY RECEIVE UP TO A FOOT OF SNOW. - NOAA Reno, NV today
The Lake Tahoe region will have 7 ski resorts open this weekend. It’s been a long time since Tahoe has had this many ski resorts open this early in the season.
Mt. Rose and Boreal are currently open in Lake Tahoe and Mammoth is open in central California. Alpine Meadows will open on Thursday and Squaw will open on Saturday. Northstar and Heavenly will open this weekend. Kirkwood will open this weekend with the most terrain open in Lake Tahoe and the only expert terrain Tahoe.
There are no advisories, watches, nor warnings in effect for the Lake Tahoe region at this point.