Tahoe braces for strong winds and heavy snow | SierraSun.com

Tahoe braces for strong winds and heavy snow

LAKE TAHOE ” Tahoe-Truckee residents can look for increasing clouds and southerly winds today as the first in a series of frontal systems moves into the area this afternoon. High temperatures today are forecast to reach the mid 40s while southerly winds pick up to around 15 to 30 mph in the afternoon.

Much stronger winds are expected along the Sierra crest where skiers will see southwest winds gusting to 80 mph. Lows tonight will be fairly mild due to clouds and winds with minimums in the upper 20s to mid 30s.

Very windy conditions are forecast for Friday with a deepening low pressure system off the Pacific northwest coast. South winds 20 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph are expected Friday at lake level and gust to nearly 150 mph along the Sierra crest.

These winds will combine with heavy snow to create blizzard or white out conditions over the passes during the day while a mixture of rain and snow falls at lake level.

Snow levels should drop rapidly to the valley floors Friday evening as the cold front moves through the area bringing hazardous driving conditions to all areas through Saturday morning.

With another storm moving rapidly into the area on Sunday there will be little if any break in the snow this weekend.

Forecasted snow accumulations are still looking like 5 to 8 feet above 7,000 feet and 1 to 3 feet at Lake level by Sunday night. Check the latest National Weather Service statements and warnings at weather.gov on this powerful and dangerous winter storm system over the next several days.

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