A potent winter storm is currently making its way into the Tahoe basin with models by NOAA calling for up to 36″ of snow for the ski areas surrounding North lake Tahoe.
Right now, Sugar Bowl is positioned smack dab in the middle of the storm track with a whopping 37″ forecasted by Monday night. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows should fall somewhere between the 30-35″ total when all is snowed and shoveled.
“A fast moving cold storm will bring another round of wind and snow to the region this weekend.” – NWS Reno
What to watch for:
- 37 inches forecasted for Sugar Bowl
- Wave heights 2-4 feet
- Gusts up to 50 mph
NOAA’s Squaw Valley Forecast:
Winter Storm Warning
…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SATURDAY TO 4 PM PST SUNDAY…
The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow, which is in effect from 4 PM Saturday to 4 PM PST Sunday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.
* Timing: Snow will develop late Saturday afternoon with a period of heavy snow likely Saturday night into Sunday morning. Snow showers to continue through the day Sunday.
* Snow Accumulations: 1 to 2 feet above 7000 feet with 12 to 18 inches elsewhere including Truckee and the communities around Lake Tahoe.
* Winds: Southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph.
* Lake Tahoe Wave Heights: 2 to 4 feet with the highest waves
from midlake to northeastern shores.
* Impacts: Snow and gusty winds are likely to produce
significant reductions to visibility and difficult travel,
especially across Sierra passes, in addition to possible
chain controls. Small boats, kayaks and paddle boards will
be prone to capsizing and should remain off lake waters
until conditions improve.