Lake Tahoe, Truckee weather: Winter storm will bring snow, strong winds
December 19, 2017
The Tahoe Basin and Sierra Nevada can expect snow and strong winds in the middle of the week when a strong storm will sweep across the region.
A "very strong" cold front will move through the region starting Tuesday night, Dec. 19, and into Wednesday, Dec. 20, according to a special weather statement from the National Weather Service in Reno. Likely impacts from the storm include: potentially damaging winds and widespread snow, followed by very cold temperatures.
That widespread snow is expected to be an "intense short duration event" with snow falling at all elevations, including as low as Reno. The mountains could see 3 – 6 inches of snow, while western Nevada valleys could receive 1 – 2 inches of snow.
"Timing of this snowfall will likely have impacts on the Wednesday morning commute," NWS warns.
Along with snow, the storm is expected to bring strong winds. Western Nevada could see winds ranging from 50 – 60 mph with wind prone areas seeing gusts exceeding 75 mph. The strong winds are not expected to last very long, around three to six hours.
"Due to the timing of the winds occurring overnight, the wind gusts could be especially erratic with near calm conditions one minute and very strong wind gusts the next," NWS warns.
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Cold air will come in behind the winter storm and bring the coldest temperatures of the season, according to NWS. By Thursday, high temperatures will hover in the 30s, while overnight lows will drop into the teens and single digits.