Alaskan storm heading this way
January 17, 2006
Don’t let the warmth and any sunshine that peeks through the clouds early today fool you. By tonight, conditions in Truckee and the Lake Tahoe Basin are expected to radically change.A winter storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service through Wednesday night, with up to 16 inches of snow expected at lake level and more than 2 feet at higher elevations.Conditions in Truckee will be windy with a slight chance of snow early in the day, according to the National Weather Service. High winds are expected to fuel the storm tonight, with 40 mph gusts expected at lake level and 110 mph gusts along ridgetops.Snow totals tonight could be up to 8 inches at 7,000 feet and a foot above 7,000 feet. Totals through Wednesday should be just as much, if not more, said Rudy Cruz, meteorologist with the Reno-based weather service.The system, however, doesn’t appear to be spectacular or unusual, like Saturday’s storm that dumped 16 inches at lake level, surprising even weather forecasters who admit to not seeing the snow amounts coming.Tonight’s storm looks “more like a typical winter weather pattern,” Cruz said. “Since we’ve had warm November and December storms, this is more like a typical winter pattern for this time of year. Hopefully we will get a lot of water content out of it.”With the 24 to 30 inches of snow that fell in the higher elevations over the weekend, and with this storm system, ski resorts should have plenty to be thankful for, coming off of December’s warm storms that brought mostly rain.