Upcoming Weather Conditions & A Look At Winter

It’s California’s Flood preparation week. The National Weather Service will be posting informational slides every day this week to inform people how to be safe in case of flooding. This might not seem important due to our drought weather, but that’s never stopped mother nature from throwing a curve ball that brings on the rain.

The next week looks like the Temperatures will be staying in the range of low 40s to mid 60′s. There will be a small chance to precipitation tonight & friday night into the weekend, but its small enough that it could possibly be blown north. The rest of the week is looking a bit windy & setting up the slow chill to winter.

November looks to be an average month temperature & precipitation wise. Things could change, but there seems to be reluctance to say more than that.

Winter is getting closer as we speak and the reports for winter weather and snowfall is looking to be an average winter(sounds great to me). There is potential El Nino going on but will probably not have the biggest impact on the mid california conditions.

If your interested in a more detailed & informative outlook the NWSReno put out a good 2 part video focused on this region & explains how things are setting up. Video below

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Autumn Tour – Fall Colors

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Lake Tahoe offers beautiful fall colors tour

Fall foliage is spectacular in the High Sierra.

Mother Nature‘s annual bestowal burns brilliant impressions of gold, orange, yellow and red in our minds and souls. The smallest county in North America offers the best touring in the West.  Alpine County is action packed with some of the most panoramic views of jagged peaks and deep valleys filled with quaking aspen and tamarack and Jeffery pine trees. Motorists along highways 88 and 89 discover some of the Sierra’s most incredible fall colors and mountain views.

With shorter days and cooler weather with a dusting of snow, it’s time to get ready for winter. Luckily for us, we get to witness the flora in the hills of Alpine and El Dorado counties. If you want to partake in the autumn air and drive some beautiful back roads, you will savor the best the High Sierra has to offer. From any direction whether Lake Tahoe, Stockton or Nevada, they all come to an intersection of highways 88 and 89 (Pickett’s Junction) where Sorenson’s Resort resides. Below are some hot spots for viewing some of the most dramatic colors in the area.

Sorenson’s has a quaint mountain cabin resort where you can take part in watercolor workshops, fly fishing clinics and nature walks around the area. Its friendly ownership and staff compliment the environment with their surrounding fiery show of Aspens.

Traveling up Highway 88 toward Kirkwood, you will meet up with giant stands of aspens on each side from Hope, Faith and Trinity Valley’s. Waterhouse Peak, Hawkins Peak and Stevens Peak hover over Hope Valley.  A great spot to stop and take on a picnic or fish the fresh water streams. Once you get to the bottom of Red Lake Grade, you must stop at the all famous photo opportunity of the old barns with an incredible backdrop of red.

Climbing up Red Lake Grade you’ll have several pull outs to look toward the Crystal Range of Reynolds Peak, Raymond Peak, Jeff Davis Peak, and Red Lake Peak behind you. Although, not much color of turning deciduous trees, the panoramic views are breathtaking.

Caples Lake is surrounded by Little Round Top, Elephants Back, Thimble Peak and Round Top. Dotted with aspen groves up against the cliffs is where fall takes its first turn for color. This is the locals’ barometer for when to plan our drives at lower elevations in the near future.

One last look this direction before coming back to Hope Valley, the Carson Spur has vast views to the West simply covered in shining groves of yellow. Either continue home on Highway 88 in the direction of Stockton or turn around and head back to the hub of color.

Relish your way back down the hill past Pickett’s Junction and make way to Woodfords where you’ll turn right on Highway 89 and continue in the direction of Markleeville. The entire drive through this valley is filled with great open views and lush forests.

Monitor Pass (Highway 89) heads toward Topaz Lake on Highway 395. This is absolutely the best stand of fall foliage in the entire Alpine County. If you are adventurous and have an off- road vehicle try some of the back country dirt roads. You’ll drive by Colorado Hill and fish-filled Heenan Lake and wind up and down the narrow highway with Leviathan Peak on your left. It’s a twenty-two mile drive if you go all the way to Highway 395.

Last but not least is Christmas Valley where a large grove of aspens are found at the end of South Upper Truckee Road. You can take Highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe. Or from Pickett’s Junction, head north toward Tahoe down Luther Pass until you see a left hand turn called South Upper Truckee Road. This winds a short distance passing small waterfalls before you bottom out into the grove. The sun sets quickly in the afternoon so bring warm clothing and the camera.

Happy trails and look forward to capturing some great light. — Joan Pilar

View the touring map

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deck view from The Meadows looking at top of Chair 6

deck view from The Meadows looking at top of Chair 6

 

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Winter Weather on the Way!

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.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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.

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Hold on, high winds on the way with fresh snow and colder temperatures!

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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.

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