A substantial Atmospheric River event is expected to hit California Friday-Saturday and drop up to 4 FEET of snow. This storm may still be the BIGGEST APRIL STORM to hit Tahoe in 13 years.
"...the last time Tahoe City saw a 2-day total of 2"+ liquid precipitation in April was back in 2003!" - NOAA
Snow Levels are expected to start out Friday around 6500-7500ft, then they are supposed to drop down to 4000-5500ft by Friday night.
Additional Storm Information:
California: 2-4 FEET of Snow Friday Morning-Saturday
* Snow Accumulations: Potential for 2 to 4 feet of heavy wet snow above 7500 feet elevation. 4 to 8 inches around Lake Tahoe level, including Truckee and South Lake Tahoe with potential for much more if snow levels drop sooner than currently expected. - NOAA Reno, NV Today
Squaw Valley Winter Storm Watch:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Reno NV 441 AM PDT Wed Apr 5 2017 Greater Lake Tahoe Area- Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline, and Incline Village 441 AM PDT Wed Apr 5 2017 ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON... * Timing: Heavy wet snow will develop before daybreak Friday in the Sierra. Snow will spread to lake level by Friday night through Saturday. Snow should taper to showers by sundown Saturday. * Snow Levels: There is a larger than normal uncertainty in snow level predictions with this storm which has a great impact on snow accumulations and impacts. Current projections have snow levels starting 6500-7500 feet Friday, falling to 4500-5500 feet by Saturday morning. * Snow Accumulations: Potential for 2 to 4 feet of heavy wet snow above 7500 feet elevation. 4 to 8 inches around Lake Tahoe level, including Truckee and South Lake Tahoe with potential for much more if snow levels drop sooner than currently expected. * Winds: Strong southwest winds area wide, with gusts Thursday night through Saturday morning ranging from 45-55 mph along I-80 and near Lake Tahoe, to well over 100 mph along the higher mountain peaks and ridges. * Impacts: Significant travel disruptions Friday at pass elevations including Donner, Echo, Spooner, and Mount Rose summits. Travel disruptions affecting mountain communities Friday night into Saturday including around Lake Tahoe. Heavy wet snow and strong winds could lead to downed trees and power outages.