Another storm to bring light to moderate Sierra snow tonight and into Friday
February 21, 2008
Tahoe area residence will need to keep an eye on the sky and a snow shovel in hand this weekend as two storms blast into the region.
Increasing clouds and southwest winds 15 to 30 mph will lead to snow developing in the late afternoon and evening with the next approaching frontal system. Highs today are forecast to reach the upper 30s around the lake and in the lower 30s at the 8,000 foot resort level under cloudy skies. Lows tonight are expected to be rather mild due to clouds and wind with lows in the mid 20s.
Periods of snow are expected to continue through Friday with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches at lake level and 4 to 8 inches above 7000 feet by Friday evening. Highs Friday are forecast in the mid 30s at lake level and lower 20s at the 8,000 foot resort level.
A break in the weather for travelers is projected for Friday night into Saturday morning ahead of the next strong storm system reaching the area late Saturday afternoon into Sunday. A deep low pressure system and strong jet stream will combine with heavy snow to produce blizzard conditions in the Tahoe area Saturday night into Sunday.
Current quantitative precipitation forecasts models are suggesting snow accumulations around a foot at lake level and over 2 feet above 7,000 feet by Sunday evening.
Keep up with the latest advisories and warnings on these developing storms at the National Weather Service web site weather.gov/reno.