Tahoe Weather: Rain & Snow - High Winds

Lake Tahoe Weather Summary

Good evening Tahoetopians! Heavy rain and snow continue Monday evening, with snow levels falling after midnight.Overnight regional lows will be in the mid to upper 20s with strong and gusty southwest winds. Looking ahead, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect calling for moderate to heavy snow and rain and high winds through Tuesday, followed by cooler and showery weather to the end of the week.

NWS Forecast for Greater Lake Tahoe Area

Updated: 6:00 pm, Feb. 20, 2017

Tonight: Heavy rain and heavy snow. Snow level 6500 to 7000 feet falling to the valley floor after midnight. Snow accumulation 3 to 12 inches...with 12 to 24 inches above 7000 feet. Lows 24 to 29. Southwest winds 20 to 35 mph. Gusts up to 55 mph. Ridge gusts up to 155 mph.

Tuesday: Snow. Snow accumulation 4 to 8 inches...with 7 to 14 inches above 7000 feet. Highs 31 to 41. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Ridge gusts up to 130 mph decreasing to 115 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: Snow likely in the evening, then chance of snow after midnight. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches...with 2 to 6 inches above 7000 feet. Lows 15 to 25. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the evening. Ridge gusts up to 95 mph decreasing to 75 mph after midnight.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Highs 26 to 31. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Ridge gusts up to 60 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow in the evening, then slight chance of snow after midnight. Lows 3 to 13. West winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Highs 24 to 29.





328 PM PST Mon Feb 20 2017 .


* Timing: Moderate to heavy snow will continue through Tuesday with the heaviest snow expected this evening. Snow will mix with rain at times below 7000 feet through this evening.

* Additional Snow Accumulations: Above 7000 feet...18 to 36 inches. Between 6500 and 7000 feet...8 to 16 inches. Heaviest snow will be along and west of Highway 89. Below 6500 feet...3 to 12 inches mainly after midnight tonight.

* Winds: South to Southwest winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph. Sierra ridge gusts over 100 mph, with peak gusts over 150 mph tonight.

* Wave Heights on Lake Tahoe: 2 to 5 feet with highest waves expected tonight from mid lake to the north and east shores.

* Snow Levels: Near 6500 feet this evening falling to the valley floors early Tuesday morning. Snow levels may briefly rise to near 7000 feet this evening.

* Impacts: Heavy snow will create dangerous conditions, with travel being severely impacted over the Sierra passes. Snowfall rates will exceed 2 inches per hour at times, producing whiteout conditions over the passes and in the backcountry.

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