Tahoe Weather: Light Snow Showers, Cold, Breezy
Lake Tahoe Weather Summary
Good Morning Tahoetopians! Snow showers likely Monday with accumulations of 1 to 5 inches. Cold, with daytime regional highs in the low to mid 20s and moderate northwest winds. A Special Weather statement is in effect (see below). Looking ahead, cold low pressure settles in this week with below normal temperatures and periods of snow showers.
NWS Forecast for Greater Lake Tahoe Area
Today: Snow showers likely. Snow accumulation of 1 to 5 inches. Highs 20 to 25. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Chance of snow showers. Lows zero to 10 above zero. North winds around 10 mph.
Tuesday: Sunny. Highs 24 to 29. Light winds.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows 2 to 12. Light winds.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Highs 28 to 33. Light winds.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Lows 7 to 12.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
323 AM PST Mon Feb 19 2018
...VERY COLD TEMPERATURES, LAKE EFFECT SNOW, AND SLICK ROADS...
Very cold temperatures will take hold of the region for the next few days. Daytime high temperatures near will only reach near freezing and overnight lows will drop into the very low teens with some places dropping into the sub-zero range.
A few inches of snow fell late yesterday afternoon, mainly in the central Sierra and west central Nevada. Warm ground temperatures melted some of the snow as it fell to the ground, and in some places, the sun came back out and began to melt the snow on the ground. Very cold overnight temperatures will re-freeze roads and sidewalks and could create treacherous travel in some places.
Some additional snowfall is occurring overnight as another weak band of snow showers moves through area with an additional 0.5-1.5" of snow possible in western Nevada. This light snow could cover up areas of black ice, making road conditions extra slippery.
Lake effect snow has developed off of Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake this morning and could last through much of the day. Forecasting exact snow amounts with lake effect snow is a challenge, but it is possible this could create additional snow accumulations of 3-6 inches as far as 10-20 miles south-southeast of the lakes. This includes: South Lake Tahoe into Minden, Gardnerville, Markleeville; and Nixon, Wadsworth and Fernley. This could impact travel along I-80 near and east of Fernley and US 88, US 89 and US 395.