Weather service: ‘Life threatening’ conditions persist at Lake Tahoe
A blizzard warning for the Lake Tahoe region has expired, however, dangerous conditions will persist in the area through Thursday.
The National Weather Service in Reno urges people to avoid driving and remain in doors Thursday if possible. A winter storm warning will remain in effect until 4 a.m. Friday.
Heavy snow accumulation is expected through the day. By the time the storms end, elevations above 7,000 feet could have 3-6 feet of new snow. Between 6,000 and 7,000 feet could see 1-3 feet of snow through tonight.
Wind gusts could be a strong as 100 mph.
An avalanche warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Friday. High avalanche danger currently exists at all elevations, according to the Sierra Avalanche Center.
“Very dangerous and complex avalanche conditions continue due to a mix of wind slabs, storm slabs, and deep persistent slabs,” the avalanche center warns. “Travel in, below, or near avalanche terrain is not recommended.”
The storms have already caused numerous problems on the roads. As of Thursday morning, chain requirements are in place on all highways leading into the Tahoe Basin.
“This is a life threatening situation, especially in the higher elevations,” the weather service reports. “Road crews and first responders may not be able to rescue you. Stay indoors until the snow and wind subside. Even a short walk could be deadly if you become disoriented.”