The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Lake Tahoe area and we could expect up to 10 inches of fresh powder for opening day! Here is the full bulletin as of 1:00 pm on 11/20/13:
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 AM PST THURSDAY ABOVE 7000 FEET…
THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ABOVE 7000 FEET IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 AM PST THURSDAY.
* TIMING: PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW THIS MORNING WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 5 TO 10 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET. UP TO 2 INCHES DOWN TO 6500 FEET.
* SNOW LEVELS: 7000 FEET FALLING TO LAKE LEVEL DURING THE LATE EVENING.
* IMPACTS: SNOW WILL MAKE HIGHER ELEVATION PASSES SLUSHY AND SNOW PACKED BY LATER IN THE AFTERNOON INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. THIS INCLUDES THE PASSES ON INTERSTATE 80… HIGHWAY 50… CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY 88 AND NEVADA HIGHWAY 431. ROADS WILL REMAIN MOSTLY WET THIS MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON.
SNOW IS EXPECTED TO POSE AN INCONVENIENCE TO TRAVELERS. ROADS WILL BECOME SLICK AND HAZARDOUS… WITH SNOW AND ICE FIRST DEVELOPING ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES. MOTORISTS SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION.
Sunday 4/7/13 4pm—The system which is moving into the region tonight has high winds associated with it and the potential for 4-6 inches of new snow over the crest of the Sierra. Temperatures will drop quickly and the snow level will fall to as low as 4500 feet. Monday will be blustery with temperatures in the 30′s at resort level. Winds will continue thru Monday night, then high pressure will build in and temperatures will moderate. The models are struggling with next weekend’s system which which we were all counting on for some well needed moisture.
Tuesday 4/2/13 9am–A very nice system moved thru the region Sunday and finished with about 6-8 inches of light snow early Monday morning. Looking ahead to the next storm on Thursday, but I am not confident that we will see much snow out of it. The stronger storm projected for the latter part of the weekend is now in question as well, but quite frankly, we could still get a decent shot of precipitation out of it if everything comes together. Either way, the temperatures will definitely take a sharp down turn and below normal temperatures will prevail.
Saturday Morning 3/30/13 9am—- Forecast looks good with high elevation snow for the sierra tonight thru Monday morning. Here is a tidbit from The National Weather service Reno Forecast Discussion from this morning regarding next week’s storm:
AS THE JET REACHES THE COAST THE MODELS VARY ON ITS POSITION FROM
OREGON TO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA. IF THE JET STAYS TO OUR NORTH, THE
MOISTURE PLUME WILL REMAIN TO OUR NORTH WITH HIGH SNOW LEVELS AND
LIGHT PRECIPITATION TOTALS. IF THE JET WERE TO TRACK INTO CENTRAL
CALIFORNIA, THE PLUME WILL BE DIRECTED INTO THE SIERRA WITH A LARGE
BOOST OF LIFT AND INSTABILITY FROM THE COLD CORE OF THE LOW. THIS
COULD LEAD TO A SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION EVENT WITH SNOW LEVELS
FALLING BELOW 6000 FEET. BRONG
Friday Morning 3/29/13 11am—Forecast still on track with snowfall amounts still in the 8-10 inch range thru Monday. We could see a bit more depending on how quickly the snow levels drop on Sunday. Kirkwood getting the brunt of it with the trajectory of this system and higher elevation could see up to 14 inches. The system at the end of next week is starting to look real promising as one model shows up to 4 inches of water over the crest! That’s just one model, but the others are starting to hint at a nice event as well. Stay tuned!
Thursday Morning 3/28/13 7:30 am —There is a little bit of fresh snow in Kirkwood this morning with more on the way (very little accumulation) over the next couple days. Expect partly cloudy skies and temps. in the mid to upper 30s Thursday thru Saturday. Over an inch of moisture headed our way Saturday thru Sunday Night. The big problem is snow levels which will hover between 8000-8500 feet until late Sunday, then drop to 7500. At this time of year it is probably best that we get wet heavy snow which will smooth out faster and create nice Spring surface. Main part of the system will hit late Saturday thru Sunday. Shouldn’t be to much of a travel problem with the warm April roads. Snowfall amounts look to be 8-10 inches above 8500 feet.
Wednesday morning update: 8:30 am 3/27/13
Computer models now coming together and showing much more moisture potential for Easter Sunday. Stay Tuned!!
Tuesday afternoon: 3/26/13
This week marks the of the Greenland High! The major factor contributing to the lack of snowfall over the last 3 months. As the atmosphere juices up over the next week or so we will see periods of rain and snow for the high elevations. By the end of next week, we might actually be able to say we might have a wet April on our hands. Stay tuned! Best chance for a decent snow this week is on Sunday and Monday, but high snow levels (7500-8000 feet) will keep amounts in check until the end of next week.
We have had 2 days of warm wet precipitation here at 7800 feet. While the snow surface remains in excellent shape, the “R” word is been used. A new, colder system will move into the area on Sunday and will bring 4-8 inches of snow by Monday. The main part of the front slips south but cold air will invade our area on Monday. At this time there are no more storms on the horizon. Looking to mid to late Feb. for any major changes in the long wave pattern to set up. We still have plenty of snow and the surface should freshen up nicely this weekend and stay way with the cooler temperatures in place.
There is a storm set to hit on Wednesday and Thursday. The forecast has been changing a little the past few days so stay tuned for further news!
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