It looks as though our perfect late summer/fall weather, that saw temps spike into the high 70's on Wednesday, is about to change by Friday. NOAA has issued special weather statements for the Tahoe Basin, and while it might be brief, it sounds like we will be seeing our first fresh flakes of 2011-2012 sometime next week. Here Comes Our First Taste Of Winter | Special Weather Statements Issued For The Tahoe Basin | Snow Next Week!!! | Unofficial Networks

Here Comes Our First Taste Of Winter | Special Weather Statements Issued For The Tahoe Basin | Snow Next Week!!!

Here Comes Our First Taste Of Winter | Special Weather Statements Issued For The Tahoe Basin | Snow Next Week!!!

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Here Comes Our First Taste Of Winter | Special Weather Statements Issued For The Tahoe Basin | Snow Next Week!!!

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October 6th, 2010, Lake Tahoe

It looks as though our perfect late summer/fall weather, that saw temps spike into the high 70’s on Wednesday, is about to change by Friday. NOAA has issued special weather statements for the Tahoe Basin, and while it might be brief, it sounds like we will be seeing our first fresh flakes of 2011-2012 sometime next week.

As of today there aren’t any precipitation numbers to speculate on, but two special weather statements were issued for our area on Wednesday. One makes mention of  a potential snowline of 6k feet. Even if it’s brief, that might mean a few higher elevations locales could get enough of a blanket to harvest a few early season pow turns. Even better, the second statement says there’s an increasing probability of a moderate to heavy precipitation event above 8k for the middle of next week.

From NOAA:

Special Weather Statement #1

 …COOLER…WET AND WINDY WEATHER POSSIBLE NEXT WEEK…

 A SERIES OF COLD FRONTS WILL SWEEP ACROSS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

NEXT WEEK. TEMPERATURES WILL BEGIN TO COOL THIS WEEKEND AHEAD OF

THE FIRST FRONT…DUE TO ARRIVE MONDAY. RAIN SHOWERS WILL SPREAD

ACROSS THE REGION MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT. SNOW LEVELS MAY BRIEFLY

DROP TO THE HIGHER PASSES SUCH AS SONORA PASS AND THE HIGHWAY 89

SUMMIT AREA NEAR MT. LASSEN. ONLY A LIGHT DUSTING OF SNOW IS

EXPECTED INITIALLY.

A STRONGER COLD FRONT MAY SPREAD PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN

ACROSS THE VALLEYS AND FOOTHILLS TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

GUSTY SOUTHERLY WINDS MAY ACCOMPANY THIS FRONT…ESPECIALLY

TUESDAY NIGHT. SNOW LEVELS MAY DROP BELOW THE TRANS-SIERRA PASSES

WEDNESDAY. WHILE THE EXACT TIMING AND DETAILS OF THIS WEATHER

SYSTEM ARE STILL COMING INTO FOCUS…BE AWARE THAT WINTER

TRAVELING CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE OVER ALL TRANS-SIERRA PASSES

TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

A SHOWERY AND UNSTABLE AIR MASS MAY REMAIN OVER THE REGION

WEDNESDAY. THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE VALLEYS…WITH SNOW

SHOWERS ABOVE 6000 FEET. CONTINUE TO MONITOR NATIONAL WEATHER

SERVICE FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS FOR UPDATES ON THIS DEVELOPING

UNSETTLED WEATHER.

 

Special Weather Statement #2

…SIGNIFICANT PATTERN CHANGE COMING NEXT WEEK…

 AFTER A PERIOD OF RELATIVELY QUIET WEATHER AND ABOVE NORMAL

TEMPERATURES IN SEPTEMBER…BIG CHANGES WILL BE COMING NEXT WEEK.

A DEEP AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE GULF

OF ALASKA THIS WEEKEND…DIPPING INTO THE WESTERN U.S. EARLY NEXT

WEEK. THIS WILL BRING MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES FOR NEXT

WEEK…WITH AFTERNOON HIGHS DROPPING INTO THE 60S AND LOW 70S

ACROSS WESTERN NEVADA AND 50S FOR THE SIERRA. STRONGER WINDS ARE

LIKELY AHEAD OF THE MAIN STORM…WITH POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO TRAVEL

ALONG HIGHWAY 395 DUE TO GUSTS OVER 45 MPH EARLY NEXT WEEK.

 IN ADDITION…THERE IS INCREASING PROBABILITY FOR A MODERATE TO

HEAVY PRECIPITATION EVENT BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK…WITH VALLEY

RAINS AND MOUNTAIN SNOW ABOVE 8000 FEET. DETAILS IN THE EXACT

AMOUNT OF MOISTURE AND STRENGTH OF THE WINDS AND COLD AIR ARE

STILL UNCERTAIN…BUT FORECASTER CONFIDENCE IS HIGH WITH REGARD TO

THE OVERALL PATTERN CHANGE FOR NEXT WEEK.

Sounds like we’ll be watching NOAA like a hawk the next few

days, hopefully the rocks skis will be coming out sometime

next week, and it’s time to get FIRED UP!!!!!!

Early October Powder Day, Lake Tahoe

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