Lake Tahoe weather: Winter weather advisory Tuesday, foot of snow could fall
February 23, 2010
LAKE TAHOE and#8212; A treacherous forecast of snow and rain has prompted officials to issue winter weather advisory from 4 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in Reno issued the advisory today at 6 a.m. when meteorologists detected a storm front moving across Lassen County toward the Tahoe Basin.
Snow accumulation is estimated to be between 4 and 8 inches, with temperatures dropping into the mid 20s and wind speeds touching 25 miles per hour. Above 7,000 feet, 9 to 13 inches of snow is forecast.
NWS is advises drivers crossing the Sierra passes such as Donner and Echo summits to expect delays, chain restrictions and slower speeds. Warnings also have been given to motorists traveling over bridges and overpasses, as snow will first begin accumulating there first.
Below is an extended NWS forecast for this week.
Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 39. South wind between 10 and 15 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
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Tuesday Night: Snow. Low around 26. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Wednesday: Snow. High near 37. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Wednesday Night: Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. West wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow before 4 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Southwest wind around 10 mph.
Thursday Night: A chance of snow after 10 p.m., mixing with rain after a.m.. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Friday: Rain before 4 p.m., then rain and snow. Snow level 6700 feet. High near 40. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Friday Night: Snow. Cloudy, with a low around 26.
Saturday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.
Saturday Night: A slight chance of snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 42.