Much stronger storm moving into the Tahoe area late Saturday into Sunday
February 22, 2008
Scattered snow showers will continue today as an upper low pressure system moves through the area. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches at lake level and 3 to 6 inches above 7,000 feet are expected by this evening.
Highs today are forecast to reach the mid 30s around the lake and and mid 20s at the 8,000 foot resort level under cloudy skies. lows tonight are expected to dip in the teens with partial clearing overnight.
There is forecast to be a break in the weather Saturday morning for travelers ahead of the next stronger storm developing off the northern California coast.
A very deep low pressure system and strong upper level jet stream support will allow this storm to bring heavy snow and high winds to the Tahoe area Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Snow fall rates of 2 to 4 inches an hour are expected Saturday night and wind gusts over 100 mph over the Sierra crest will create blizzard or white out conditions over the passes and other exposed areas. Storm totals from this weekend storm are forecast to reach around a foot at lake level and 2 to 3 feet above 7,000 feet.
Travel is strongly discouraged Saturday night into Sunday with this dangerous storm. Stay current with the latest statements and warnings from the National Weather Service at weather.gov/reno.