Lake Tahoe weather: Foot of snow possible at high elevations Friday | SierraSun.com

Lake Tahoe weather: Foot of snow possible at high elevations Friday

Staff report
A skier heads down The Chutes Thursday at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, after the resort received 13 inches of new snow due to a small storm earlier this week.
Courtesy Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A small storm is forecast to sweep through the Tahoe-Truckee region Friday, bringing more than a foot of snow at upper elevations.

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, a winter weather advisory is in place from 7 a.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Saturday.

Ten to 18 inches of snow is possible above 7,000 feet, with up to 6 inches elsewhere, according to to NWS-Reno, with the heaviest snow likely along and west of Highway 89.

Snow levels will be near lake level Friday morning before moving above 6,500 feet during the day, then falling back to lake level by Friday night.

Snow and gusty winds will impact Sierra passes today,” according to the advisory. “Snow will then begin to impact roads at lower elevations late today and tonight. Lake waters will be rough and choppy.”

Visit the California Department of Transportation website and Nevada Department of Transportation website for road conditions.

Looking for hints when it comes to chain controls and how to drive safely on Tahoe-Truckee’s highways in the snow? Click here for some great tips from Caltrans.

“Even light snowfall causes major travel delays, especially during periods of high traffic volume,” according to NWS. “Be sure to allow extra time to reach your destination. Leave extra space between vehicles since it takes longer to stop on slick roadways.”