A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the Lake Tahoe region as a winter storm is forecasted to move into the area starting Tuesday afternoon. The storm is predicted to drop heavy snow with 2-3 feet of snow possible in the mountains.
Three ski areas in the area are open for skiing and riding, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Boreal and Mt. Rose.
A winter storm is still on track to impact the region midday Tuesday through Wednesday, coinciding with one of the busiest travel periods of the year. If you can, finish your travels by Tuesday morning to avoid long delays and travel headaches. Snow levels could be as low as 2000 feet, leading to large portions of trans-Sierra roadways into western Nevada being snow covered.
We know many of you have travel plans for Thanksgiving, with timing that cannot be changed. If you must travel, allow plenty of extra time and have an emergency winter kit in your vehicle that includes chains, food, water, blankets, extra clothing, and proper footwear for snow.
Snow showers are likely to continue Thanksgiving day, possibly into Friday, with the highest chances near and south of I-80. For additional forecast details: https://bit.ly/2QIlmDY
Winter Storm Warning From NOAA
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Reno NV 200 PM PST Sun Nov 24 2019 Greater Lake Tahoe Area- Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline, and Incline Village 200 PM PST Sun Nov 24 2019 ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM TUESDAY TO 4 PM PST THURSDAY... * CHANGES...Upgraded the Watch to a Winter Storm Warning. * WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 18 inches, except 1 to 2 feet above 7000 feet. Localized totals near 3 feet are possible over the multi-day period along the Sierra crest. Winds gusting as high as 60 mph. * WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area. * WHEN...From 4 PM Tuesday to 4 PM PST Thursday. The worst conditions will be late Tuesday through midday Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The cold nature of this storm will lead to accumulating snow at all elevations, not just pass levels. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Blowing snow is possible further reducing visibility Tuesday night. This storm is coinciding with one of the busiest travel periods of the year. With heavy snow expected, lengthy travel delays are likely and it could take 2-3 times longer to reach your destination. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Avoid travel if possible, you could be stuck in your vehicle for many hours. If you must travel, prepare for long delays and carry tire chains, an emergency kit with extra food, water and proper clothing. If you stay home, have a backup plan in case of power outages. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.