NOAA: Winter Weather Advisory Tahoe | Squaw Valley Could See 18-24″ Fresh Snow Today thru Sunday

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Snowfall probability. Credit: NOAA

A series of systems will bring periods of rain and snow to the Greater Lake Tahoe region into Sunday. A system today into Saturday morning will bring lowering snow levels with increasing travel impacts for Sierra passes by this afternoon and evening. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will be the big winner here, potentially seeing 2-FEET of snow between now and Sunday.


* CHANGES...Start time moved to noon.

* WHAT...Snow expected above 6500 feet. Rain or a mix of rain and
  snow will change to all snow below 6500 feet early Saturday
  morning. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 8 inches between 6500
  and 7000 feet, with 6 to 12 inches above 7000 feet. Local
  amounts to 18 inches possible at the Sierra crest. Up to 3
  inches is possible below 6500 feet.

* WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area.
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7-day extended forecast. Credit: NOAA

There will also be periods of gusty winds through Saturday, especially along the Highway 395 corridor south of Bridgeport where winds could periodically gust over 45 mph.

A colder system is expected late Saturday into Sunday morning with snow possible down to all valley floors. Light snow will be possible for many locations; however, we aren`t able to pin down the location for the heaviest snow at this time. Keep in mind that it doesn`t take much snow to bring travel difficulties and cars could pack down light snow amounts into ice.

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Hourly weather data. Credit: NOAA

Temperatures will decrease gradually between now and Sunday, reaching lows in the low 20s.

Other Tahoe ski areas, Heavenly, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Kirkwood will see 10-18″. 

GEM Snowfall Total Forecast

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GEM snowfall totals forecast. Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Other Info

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Credit: NWS Reno Nevada
tahoe, snow, California,
Credit: NWS Reno Nevada
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Credit: NWS

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