NOAA: Winter Storm Watch for Greater Tahoe Area | Squaw Valley, CA Could See 24-30″ Fresh Snow

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Snowfall probability. Credit: NOAA

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A winter weather advisory for the Greater Lake Tahoe region begins at 7 pm today, lasting through Tuesday morning, followed by a winter storm watch from Wednesday evening through Thursday evening. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA will see in excess of 2-FEET of fresh snow, with the mountain passes seeing up to 3-feet.

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM MONDAY TO
10 AM PST TUESDAY...
...WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING...

* WHAT...For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow expected. Total
  snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches for Truckee and Lake Tahoe,
  with amounts of 6 to 10 inches for the passes. Winds gusting as
  high as 55 mph with Sierra crest ridges over 100 mph. For the
  Winter Storm Watch, heavy snow possible. Total snow
  accumulations of 10 to 14 inches for Truckee and Lake Tahoe,
  with amounts 18 to 24 inches for passes. Winds could gust as
  high as 50 mph.

* WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, from 7 PM Monday to 10
  AM PST Tuesday. For the Winter Storm Watch, from late
  Wednesday night through Thursday evening.
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7-day extended forecast. Credit: NOAA

A series of winter storms will affect the area over this period, each with snow and wind impacts for the region. Light to moderate snow is expected tonight for the Sierra and northeast California. Very strong winds are expected for much of the region tonight into Tuesday morning. A stronger winter storm moves in Wednesday night through Thursday with heavy mountain snow and strong winds.

In addition to the up to 30″ for Squaw Valley, Sierra-at-Tahoe could see up to 24″, Sugar Bowl almost 3-feet, Northstar California up to 17″, Heavenly 12″, Kirkwood 2-feet, and Mount Rose Ski Tahoe, NV 10″.

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Hourly weather data. Credit: NOAA

Temperatures will drop to the high teens, with winds still looking strong and gusty Wednesday night, but should begin to taper back with precipitation spilling over by Thursday morning. Gusts look like they could reach 40-50 mph in valley locations (stronger in wind prone areas), with over 100 mph likely across ridges.

Expect yet another round of travel impacts for high profile vehicles, choppy lake conditions, and turbulence and wind shear for aviation.

GEM Forecast Models

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GEM snowfall forecast model. Credit: Tropical Tidbits
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GEM snowfall forecast model. Credit: NOAA

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