Tahoe Weather: Mostly Cloudy, Clearing, Warmer
Lake Tahoe Weather Summary
Good Morning Tahoetopians! Mostly sunny skies Tuesday morning, then clearing. Warmer, with daytime regional highs in the upper 30s to mid 40 and light winds. Looking ahead, the first of several approaching systems arrives late Wednesday with high winds and mountain snow overnight into Thursday. A Special Weather Statement and Winter Weather Advisory have been issued.
NWS Forecast for Greater Lake Tahoe Area
Updated: 6:30 am, Jan. 17, 2017
Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Patchy freezing fog in the morning. Highs 39 to 44. Light winds.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows 20 to 25. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Ridge gusts up to 55 mph after midnight.
Wednesday: Cloudy with a chance of rain and snow. Snow level 7000 feet. Highs 36 to 41. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 mph. Ridge gusts up to 80 mph increasing to 95 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night: Snow and rain in the evening, then snow after midnight. Lows 22 to 32. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Ridge gusts up to 115 mph.
Thursday: Snow likely in the morning, then chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs 29 to 34. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 55 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 35 mph in the afternoon. Ridge gusts up to 85 mph decreasing to 60 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night: Snow. Lows 18 to 28.
Friday: Brisk, snow. Highs 29 to 34.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
355 AM PST Tue Jan 17 2017 ...Active Weather Pattern Returns Mid-week...
After a break in the weather, expect a return to active weather for the second half of the week with multiple fast moving systems pushing across the region.
The first impact will be increasing winds on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Wind gusts near 40 mph will be possible across the Sierra and far western Nevada with higher gusts in wind prone locations. Gusts of 80 to 100 mph are possible over the Sierra crest.
This first system has trended drier, but will still impact travel across the Sierra. As much as a foot of snowfall is possible in the higher elevations of the Sierra with light rainfall for western Nevada before snow levels fall to the valley floors Thursday morning. Although no significant flooding impacts are expected, modest rises on small creeks and streams are still possible.
Subsequent quick moving and colder systems are possible Friday through early Saturday and again Sunday into Monday. The Sunday storm has the potential to be the strongest storm in this series. Snow levels are likely to start near western Nevada valley floors in each of these storms leading to more widespread travel impacts across both the Sierra and western Nevada. Anyone with travel plans during this time frame should continue to monitor the forecast over the upcoming week.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
343 AM PST TUE JAN 17 2017
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM WEDNESDAY TO 4 AM PST THURSDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RENO HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR MODERATE SNOW, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM WEDNESDAY TO 4 AM PST THURSDAY.
* TIMING: SNOW WILL BEGIN AROUND MID DAY WEDNESDAY WITH RATES INCREASING IN THE AFTERNOON. MODERATE SNOWFALL WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 6 TO 11 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET WITH 3 TO 6 INCHES AT LAKE TAHOE LEVEL.
* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS 30 TO 45 MPH. * SNOW LEVELS: BEGINNING AROUND 6500 FEET EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON DROPPING TO SIERRA VALLEY FLOORS BY 6 PM.
* WAVE HEIGHTS ON LAKE TAHOE: 1 TO 3 FEET IN THE MORNING WITH HEIGHTS 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHEST WAVES WILL BE FROM MID LAKE TO NORTHEASTERN SHORES.
* IMPACTS: WIND DRIVEN SNOW WILL CAUSE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. EXPECT DIFFICULT TRAVEL WITH SLICK ROADS AROUND THE TAHOE BASIN. AVALANCHE DANGER WILL INCREASE DUE TO HEAVIER...WET SNOW. SMALL BOATS, KAYAKS AND PADDLE BOARDS WILL BE PRONE TO CAPSIZING AND SHOULD REMAIN OFF LAKE WATERS UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE.