The next storm heading for Lake Tahoe could bring snow measured in feet above 7,000 feet | South of Lake Tahoe
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The next storm heading into Lake Tahoe brings with it a mighty punch for a spring storm. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Reno has issued a winter storm warning for the Lake Tahoe basin that will be in effect from 5:00 p.m. Wednesday to 11:00 a.m. Friday.
Much like gardeners want to start planting plants in the ground, it will instead be an accumulation of snow that could measure nearly a foot by the time this powerful system comes out.
Total snowfall accumulation 6 to 12 inches below 7000 feet, with 1 to 2 feet west of Hwy 89 and in the Carson Range. For the Sierra Ridge above 7000 feet, total snowfall of 2-3 feet is likely. Winds gusting to 50 mph with Sierra Peak gusts above 80 mph.
The heaviest snowfall is most likely Wednesday evening through Thursday morning, and again Thursday evening through Friday morning.
Here is the NWS Reno forecast during the storm:
Wednesday – Sunny, with highs near 53. Windy, with 10-15 mph southwest winds increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could blow up to 35 mph.
Wednesday evening – Chance of rain before 11 p.m., then snow between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., then rain and snow after 2 a.m. Snow level 7000 feet descending to 6300 feet. Low around 32. Windy, with winds southwest 15-20 mph and diminishing to 10-15 mph after midnight. Winds could blow up to 40 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. A further 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation is possible.
Thursday – Snow before 11am, then flurries after 11am. The snow can be heavy at times. A few thunderstorms are also possible. High near 40. Wind southwest 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90%. A further 5 to 9 inches of snowfall is possible.
Thursday evening – Flurries before 11 p.m., then snow likely after 11 p.m. A few thunderstorms are also possible. Low around 23. Wind southwest 5 to 10 mph becoming light west after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 80%. A further 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation is possible.
Friday – Chance of snow before 11 a.m., then likely flurries after 11 a.m. A few thunderstorms are also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. The chance of precipitation is 60%. Further snow accumulation of less than an inch is possible.
Friday evening – Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.