The Lake Tahoe region as well as the Eastern Sierra are about to get hammered! NOAA is forecasting as much as 8 FEET of snow above 7000 feet and 3 feet of snow at lake level by Wednesday.
“The heaviest period of snow may come Tuesday night as another atmospheric river aims at Tahoe. Snow levels may jump just above lake level near 6500′ late Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening before falling overnight. We could see 4-10 inches of snow at lake level, and 1-2+ feet on the mountains overnight Tuesday night.” – Snow Forecaster Bryan Allegretto From OpenSnow.com
Lake Tahoe Storm Forecast:
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
520 AM PST MON JAN 9 2017
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST THURSDAY…
* TIMING: RAIN AND SNOW WILL TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW THIS MORNING WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW CONTINUING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 4 TO 8 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET WITH 2 TO 5 FEET AT LAKE TAHOE LEVEL.
* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH. SIERRA RIDGE GUSTS OVER 100 MPH. A PERIOD OF STRONGER WINDS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH.
* SNOW LEVELS: BELOW LAKE LEVEL…BRIEFLY RISING TO AROUND 6500 FEET TUESDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE FALLING AGAIN.
* IMPACTS: DANGEROUS CONDITIONS WILL EXIST FOR TRAVEL AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WITH HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATION ON ALL SIERRA PASSES. THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WIND MAY MAKE FOR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS POSSIBLE TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND TUESDAY NIGHT.