The National Weather Service has issued a springtime Winter Storm Watch for California. The watch goes into effect on Tuesday night and lasts until Thursday morning.
NOAA is predicting heavy snow (up to 2 feet of snow) and high winds (80 mph) during the storms.
Snow levels will start out around 6,000ft on Tuesday, before dropping all the way down to 4,000ft by Thursday.
“A series of storms will move through northern California and Nevada Monday through Thursday bringing periods of rain and snow along with gusty winds. Sunday will be the best day to travel and/or prepare for the active week ahead. The greatest concern is the stronger storm Tuesday night into Wednesday night with widespread travel impacts likely in the Sierra and northeast California due to snow.”
– NOAA Reno, NV
Winter Storm Watch:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Reno NV 245 PM PDT Sat Mar 23 2019 Greater Lake Tahoe Area- Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline, and Incline Village ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING... * WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches below 7000 feet, up to 2 feet above 7000 feet with localized amounts up to 3 feet along the crest possible. Winds could gust as high as 80 mph across Sierra ridges and up to 40 mph in valley locations. * WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area. * WHEN...From Tuesday evening through Thursday morning. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Very strong winds could cause extensive tree damage.