Tahoe weather: Freezing temperatures set records around Lake Tahoe
December 17, 2008
LAKE TAHOE ” A winter storm for the Truckee area and Lake Tahoe Basin is expected today into Friday morning bringing at least 1 to 2 feet of snow to the region, the National Weather Service in Reno reports.
The latest storm is part of a much larger system of arctic cold air that has gripped much of the Golden State and Nevada, with temperatures staying below freezing in the Sierra since Saturday.
Early Wednesday morning was one for the record books at South Lake Tahoe with 11 below zero reported at the Lake Tahoe Airport. The record was 10 below zero on Dec. 17, 1984.
At the Truckee Airport the temperature Wednesday morning dipped to a frigid 8 below zero, according to the National Weather Service.
This may have tied the record low, which was recorded at the Truckee Ranger Station in 1965, said Jessica Kielhorn, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
Beginning Thursday, another cold low pressure system will drop out of Canada and into the Tahoe basin and Truckee areas this afternoon. This storm is expected to bring heavy snow to the northern Sierra tonight into Friday morning, according to the weather service.
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“It will be a fairly quick-moving system with Tahoe and Truckee north getting the most precipitation,” said Kielhorn. In this system a foot is expected at lake level, with up 2 feet for the Sierra. Winds are anticipated to be between 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph at lake level and up to 100 mph over mountain ridges.
High temperatures today for Truckee will be 26 with a low of 16, with Friday reaching a high 26 with a low of 5 below zero. Saturday is expected to be partly sunny with a high of 24 and a low of zero, with another storm system expected for Sunday night into Monday.
“There’s even the possibility of a white Christmas with another storm,” Kielhorn said.