A storm system is FINALLY rolling into Lake Tahoe this week. It’s forecasted to show up on Monday and hang around until Thursday.
Snow levels are going to be fluctuating between lake level and 8,000 feet. Above 8,000 feet there is the potential for up to a foot of snow.
We’ll update all of this as no one is yet confident on snow totals for this storm. We can really use all the snow we get as many ski resorts in Lake Tahoe are hoping to open by November 27th. That’s only 9 days away and it’s totally dry up there right now.
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV 252 PM PST SUN NOV 17 2013 A FEW INCHES OF SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE ABOVE 7000 FEET TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, PERHAPS AS MUCH AS A FOOT ABOVE 8000 FEET ALONG THE SIERRA CREST. THIS COULD CAUSE SOME TRAVEL ISSUES FOR DONNER, ECHO, AND CARSON SUMMITS AS WELL AS ALONG MT ROSE HIGHWAY. WARM ROAD TEMPERATURES MAY LIMIT ACCUMULATIONS TUESDAY OVER ECHO AND DONNER, WITH WET AND SLUSHY ROAD CONDITIONS. BELOW 7000 FEET, SNOW IS UNLIKELY TO STICK TO ROADS BUT LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS MAY OCCUR ON NON-PAVED SURFACES EARLY TUESDAY MORNING AROUND THE TAHOE BASIN. SNOW LEVELS WILL START RELATIVELY LOW FOR A SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE EVENT DUE TO DRY AIR BELOW RIDGE LEVEL DURING THE ONSET OF PRECIPITATION. SNOW LEVELS MAY LINGER DOWN NEAR 6000 FEET EARLY TUESDAY THEN SLOWLY CLIMB CLOSER TO 7000 FEET TUESDAY NIGHT. BY WEDNESDAY SNOW LEVELS MAY CLIMB TO 7000-8000 FEET AS THE WARM AIR ADVECTION CONTINUES. HOWEVER THE ECMWF PULLS IN COLD AIR FROM THE NORTH, WHICH COULD KEEP SNOW LEVELS NEAR AND BELOW 7000 FEET.