Lake Tahoe Weather Update: More Snow on the Way
  • Staff, 11:17am, 2/27/2012

    If you’re a skier or snowboarder, Lake Tahoe is going to be the place to be this weekend. With a nice round of forecasts calling for heavy snow throughout the week, Lake Tahoe could see powder condition by Friday. Here’s the latest from

    The snow showers keep going into Wednesday night and then Thursday as another weak wave dives in.  The snow showers may last into Thursday evening.  By Thursday night we could add another 3-6 inches at lake level, 4-8 inches above 7000 ft., and 5-10 inches above 8000ft.

    Total snowfall for the week would then be around 12-21 inches at lake level, 17-30 inches above 7000 ft., 25-37 inches above 8000 ft.  Along the crest 30-45 inches possible by Thursday night.  We’ll have to wait until Friday to add it all up.  If the GFS is right we would be on the low end of these and the Euro the high end.  I will updated the forecast tonight.  BA

    And here is the winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service:

    A winter weather advisory for snow remains in effect until 7 pm pst this evening. A winter storm watch remains in effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday evening.

    *Timing: Light Snow will develop this morning and increase in intensity after 7 am with light to moderate snow then persisting through the day. The second storm will reach the Tahoe Basin Tuesday night with heavy snow at time through Wednesday evening.

    *Monday snow accumulations: 4 to 6 inches…with 6 to 12 inches above 7000 feet.

    *Wednesday snow accumulations: a foot or more of snow is possible above 7000 feet with up to 10 inches below 7000 feet. The highest snow amount may be limited to areas along the west of highway 89.

    *Wednesday winds: Southwest to west 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mpg. Sierra ridge winds over 100 mph are likely.

    *Impacts: snow today will produce hazardous driving conditions along interstate 80…highways 50…88 and 89 on today. Strong winds and heavy snow wednesday may combine for dangerous driving conditions on area roads near zero visibility over the higher passes late Tuesday night and Wednesday.

    Drive safe! Read our winter driving guide for driving tips.


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