But we should not be slipping into the past tense just yet because there is still more on the way. Today’s pulse, which was moving into the foothills this morning, will once again bring the brunt of its energy south of Tahoe. Mammoth could see snowfall rates of up to 3 inches per hour. But Tahoe will get its share. Snow to water ratios of 20 to 1 mean that every drop of water that reaches the region will be turned into a significant amount of snow. We should see another foot or two at the Crest by Friday night and 12 inches at 7000 feet. Snow levels should drop to around 3000 feet as the front moves through.
The heaviest snow will be this afternoon and tonight, with snow tapering to showers on Friday and possibly lingering into Saturday. But a weak ridge of high pressure will build on Saturday, bringing relatively calm weather to the region Saturday and Sunday. We might even see some sun.
Another trough of low pressure is forecast to move into position off the coast late Sunday or Monday, and it could bring more storms to the region next week if the high pressure moves east. If that trough does make it to the Sierra it will be tapping into warmer, subtropical moisture, so snow levels will trend toward the higher side.
Check www.tahoeloco.com for updates as the next round takes shape.