Rain, snow tonight: 12 inches possible at 8000 feet
FRIDAY MAY 1 5:35 AM!..Light rain was falling this morning in parts of the Tahoe Basin, the leading edge of what should be a pretty good little storm later today and tonight. A strong low pressure system off the coast of Oregon and Northern California is preparing to move inland this afternoon, and it should be bringing at least an inch of precipitable water along with it. The storm is tapping into a deep plume of subtropical moisture, so it will be a warm one. Snow levels should start out above 7000 feet before dropping to about 6000 feet as the front moves through overnight. Areas along the Sierra Crest above 8000 feet could see as much as a foot of snow by Saturday morning, but there will be only modest accumulations below 7000 feet. Some road surfaces on the mountain passes could be slick tonight, and the Weather Service has issued a travel advistory reflecting that concern. By Saturday afternoon this low should be to the east of Tahoe, leaving only cloud cover and a few lingering showers in its wake, most along the crest. Another low pressure system makes a pass at us on Sunday but looks to keep most of its energy north of I-80. tahoeloco.com Events
Friday, May 1
Hacienda de la Sierra (931 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village) will begin its Cinco de Mayo celebrations by featuring live music with a Latin flair right after happy hour. Come celebrate with Paul Covarelli. For information call (775) 831-8300. Caliente (8791 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach) also will begin its Cinco de Mayo celebrations tonight with an extended happy hour, food and drink specials from 4 to 10 p.m. and a contest to Guess How Many Beans are in the Jar. Win a dinner for four, with the winner drawn on May 5. Call (530) 546-1000 for details.
Saturday, May 2
Caliente’s celebrations continue with a Jalapeno eating contest at 4 p.m. There will be a grand prize for the top two contenders in the jalapeno eating contest. The Blue Agave (425 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City) always has a huge “Cinco de Funo” party. Call (530) 583-8113 for more information.
Sunday, May 3
Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center in Reno will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 3. Watch the tigers, mountain lions, wolves, cheetahs, bears and other carnivores pounce on pi!±atas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center is located at Highway 395 North, right on Red Rock, 11.5 miles, right on Deerlodge to 1265. The cost of admission is $6 for children and seniors and $8 for adults. Children 2 and under are free. For information go to www.animalark.org or call (775) 970-3111. El Toro Bravo in Truckee will be throwing a Tres de Mayo patio opening party from noon to 8 p.m. complete with live DJ and happy hour food and drink specials all day long. For information call (530) 587-3557. Caliente brings back its famous Chihuahua races in the parking lot starting at 3 p.m., with prizes for top three finishers.