Winter Conditions Still Rule in Tahoe!
Lake Tahoe snow conditions continue to be in fine mid-winter form even with the lengthening days. Temperatures have been downright frigid the past few nights with thermometers bottoming out at just about the (0) zero number! Days have been in the mid 30’s with cloudy and on again off again snow showers. The storm that hit the Lake Tahoe basin earlier in the week left in it’s wake nearly 2 feet at the highest elevations and set the stage for an impressive powder weekend with plenty of stashes still left to be had. Kirkwood claims to have picked up around 28 inches in the past week.
The upcoming week may prove to interesting especially the first part with a cold Gulf of Alaska low forecasted to drop into the Lake Tahoe basin sometime late Monday into Tuesday. Precipitation will not be terribly impressive but the quality should by dynamite! After that things will dry out until another storm rears it’s head next weekend.
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There is a winter weather advisory that will stay in affect until 5 a.m Sunday. A strong pressure over the the north Pacific will progressively move into our area. There will be periods of moderate and heavy snow in the northern sierra. Winds from the southwest will be around 15 – 25 mph and could possibly reach 45 mph. Sierra ridge gusts could reach 100 mph and lowering after midnight.
Snow accumulations could be up to 6 inches and up to 10 inches above 7000 feet. If you are traveling into the Tahoe area, please use caution. Roads can become icy and the snow can cause low visibility. Please be careful and slow down.
Snowforecast is predicting that Heavenly Resort will see 10 – 16 inches of snowfall and 16 – 20 inches above 7000 feet by tomorrow morning! Kirkwood Resort might be receiving 16 – 20 inches and Sierra at Tahoe 13 – 18 inches with 16 – 20 inches of snowfall above the 7000 ft mark. It is looking like a beautiful powder day for tomorrow!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day and we are super fortunate to have all this powder dumped on us for the weekend. It is easily the biggest weekend of snow so far this season.
The biggest and coldest storms of the week moved in last night. We could see another another foot by Sunday. Kirkwood has received new 42 inches of the fluffy stuff with a storm total of 58 inches. Heavenly has received 24-48 inches and Sierra at Tahoe claims 36 inches with a storm total of 45 inches.
Looking at the long-range, snow showers could linger into Monday and then more storms could hit the following week as the trough looks like it will stick around the West Coast.
Please be ready for possible lift holds while resort crews perform safety controls. There will also be some driving delays. Please check road conditions and make sure to have chains or 4 wheel drive and snow tires.
This is the best condition of the year so far! So get out there, wear some green and enjoy the fresh tracks.