The storm coming to Lake Tahoe Today/Tonight has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning and they’ve added a significant amount of snow. The Winter Storm Watch issued yesterday was calling for “over a foot” in the higher elevations. The current Winter Storm Warning is calling for 1-2 feet in the higher elevations. Yes!
The craziest thing is that the snow levels will be down to only 500 feet… They think it might snow in Sacramento tonight…
A cold weather system will bring widespread precipitation late this afternoon and Saturday with heavy accumulating snow in the mountains, significant snow in the foothills, and potentially some accumulating snow down to the valley floor above 500ft (including N. Sac Valley). A wet snow/rain mix is possible for the rest of the Valley tonight into Saturday. **Avoid foothill and mountain travel this evening through early Saturday.** Record-breaking cold temperatures possible again Saturday night with below freezing low temperatures possible into next week. – NOAA
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE...CORRECTED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV 410 PM PST THU DEC 5 2013 ...VERY COLD WINTER STORM FRIDAY NIGHT... .LOW PRESSURE WILL REACH THE EASTERN SIERRA AND WESTERN NEVADA FRIDAY NIGHT BRINGING VERY COLD AIR...GUSTY WINDS...AND A PERIOD OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW LATE FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY. THE POWDERY SNOW ALONG WITH GUSTY WINDS MAY LEAD TO CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES. ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM FRIDAY TO 10 AM PST SATURDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RENO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM FRIDAY TO 10 AM PST SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TIMING: SNOW WILL REACH THE TAHOE BASIN EARLY FRIDAY EVENING WITH A PERIOD OF HEAVY SNOW FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 2 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET AND DOWN TO LAKE LEVEL ALONG THE WESTERN SHORE. AT TRUCKEE...SOUTH LAKE AND THE EASTERN SHORE...6 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW. * WINDS: GUSTS OF 30 MPH OR MORE IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS AND GUSTS OF 60 TO 80 MPH OVER RIDGES MAY PRODUCE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING SNOW...LARGE DRIFTS AND WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. * IMPACTS: DRIVING CONDITIONS WILL BE HAZARDOUS DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW VISIBILITY WITH TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS LIKELY THROUGHOUT THE GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA. THERE WILL BE WIDESPREAD TRAVEL IMPACTS ON INTERSTATE 80 DUE TO SNOW LEVELS DROPPING TO AROUND 1000 FEET WITH SIGNIFICANT DELAYS LIKELY. TEMPERATURES BELOW 20 DEGREES AND GUSTY WINDS WILL LEAD TO BELOW ZERO WIND CHILL VALUES.