Lake Tahoe’s first snowfall that should begin our 2014/15 snowpack is forecast to hit today and continue through tomorrow. NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Tahoe and they’re forecasting up to a foot of snow in the higher elevations.
It’s Halloween, you’re gonna be out threatening people with “Trick or Treat” tonight. Basically, you’re saying: Do you want me to pull a trick on you or do you wanna gimme a treat? …as the tradition goes. Be prepared for rain and snow when you go out tonight and it looks like a terrible night to cross the mountain passes. So, pick a spot, grab a raincoat/snowcoat, and be ready to battle the storm tonight. Have fun!
The Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning for late Friday afternoon into Saturday morning for the Sierra. The accompanying graphics show updated storm snowfall totals and also expected rainfall totals across western Nevada.
Hazardous travel over Sierra passes with whiteout conditions are expected. Drivers should expect chain controls around the Lake Tahoe Basin and winter closures for Sierra passes in Alpine and Mono Counties.
NOAA Winter Storm Warning:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV 349 AM PDT FRI OCT 31 2014 ...FIRST WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON FOR HALLOWEEN... .AN EARLY SEASON WINTER STORM WILL BRING MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW TO THE SIERRA FRIDAY EVENING INTO SATURDAY MORNING. THE MAIN IMPACT FROM THIS STORM IS HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS OVER THE SIERRA PASSES. THIS STORM SHOULD LEAD TO WINTER CLOSURES FOR THE PASSES IN ALPINE AND MONO COUNTIES. A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 AM PDT SATURDAY.
* TIMING: AN EARLY SEASON WINTER STORM WILL PRODUCE MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. SNOW MAY NOT STICK TO ROADS BELOW ABOUT 7000 FEET UNTIL LATE EVENING FRIDAY. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 8 TO 14 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET. UP TO 6 INCHES BELOW 7000 FEET...WITH 5 TO 10 INCHES ALONG AND WEST OF HIGHWAY 89. * WINDS: SOUTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH OVER RIDGES. * SNOW LEVELS: 7500 TO 8500 FEET ON FRIDAY...LOWERING TO 6500 TO 7000 FEET FRIDAY EVENING...THEN FALLING TO 5000 TO 5500 FEET SATURDAY MORNING. * IMPACTS: SLICK AND SNOW COVERED ROADS AROUND THE TAHOE BASIN AND ALPINE COUNTY. THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 80 AND HIGHWAYS 50...88...89...267 AND THE MOUNT ROSE HIGHWAY. SNOW MAY LEAD TO THE WINTER CLOSURE OF EBBETTS AND MONITOR PASSES IN ALPINE COUNTY.