Champagne Powder For Presidents!
Good morning! Another 6-10 inches of dry powder fell overnight in the Lake Tahoe region with a ton more on the way! The forecast calls for more snow this afternoon ( Wednesday) with an additional 6-10 inches in the works and then another stronger storm will be taking aim at Lake Tahoe late Thursday into the weekend. The preliminary snow totals for the early weekend storm are 1-2 FEET!
Looking ahead it appears that the active weather patter will continue into the foreseeable future with each storm being wetter and a bit warmer than the smaller storms we have been experiencing.
Lets keep our fingers crossed that the stormy weather keeps on coming as the snowpack still needs help for a decent summer runoff and for an extended ski season which would dearly help the local Lake Tahoe economy.
New Lake Tahoe Snow Totals 02/11/09
Kirkwood: 6-10 Inches
Heavenly: 4-6 Inches
Sierra at Tahoe: 8-10 Inches
Squaw Valley: 8-10 Inches
Mount Rose: 4-6 Inches
Northstar: 2-8 Inches
Sugar Bowl: 8-12 Inches
South Lake Tahoe Weather Update-2-9-09
Got Snow? The Lake Tahoe storm door is now officially wide open with a parade of increasingly strong storms forecast to slam into California and the Lake Tahoe basin. We received at our location over a foot of fluffy champagne powder last night with some drifts 18-24 inches. There will be a break today (Monday) with another storm developing by late Tuesday with a stronger shot Wednesday into Wednesday night. Another storm will affect South Lake Tahoe on Friday and Saturday with a much stronger system possibly affecting the region on Sunday. Stay tuned!
Lake Tahoe Snow Totals:
Kirkwood: 18-24 Inches
Heavenly: 8-11 Inches
Sierra at Tahoe: 12-18 Inches
Squaw Valley: 11-16 Inches
Mount Rose: 4-6 Inches
Northstar: 2-8 Inches
Alpine: 13-20 Inches
Sugar Bowl: 12-16 Inches
South Lake Tahoe Weather Update-2/5/09
The snow is back! The Lake Tahoe basin is seeing significant snow this morning with road controls up and the resorts receiving fresh powder with more on the way. The storm door appears to be wide open albeit with no huge storms on the horizon but the number of impulses should build the snow pack in small increments. The forecast calls for 6-12 inches on new snow through Saturday morning before another storm from the Gulf of Alaska moves into the region. This storm appears to be much colder and with ample moisture in place Lake Tahoe may see another round of significant snow Sunday night through Monday. Looking ahead into next week and the big Presidents weekend midweek looks snowy and after that the models get murky. My gut feeling is that there will be snow over the big weekend because we are in a very progressive pattern with impulses moving off the Pacific every 36-48 hours or so. Keep you fingers crossed and thank for burning the old skis and boards! Maybe we really do have another shot at winter!
The weather remains tranquil and warm for early February but changes may be on the horizon. Long range models show a pattern change beginning late in the week and precipitation in the form of low elevation rain and high elevation snow may fall beginning in earnest next weekend. Beyond the next seven days all bets are off but this much is certain-there will be a change from the current stagnant and very dry conditions. Enjoy the beautiful weather now and hope for new snow for the big Presidents Day weekend!
Model GFS Weather Map 2/6/09
Ok. I know I was pessimistic in the last post for Lake Tahoe weather but things may be changing for the better ( if you like weather) a bit sooner than even the models were indicating yesterday. For some reason the ensemble weather models are all showing some sort of low dropping out of the Gulf of Alaska and forming a cutoff low off the California coast early to mid next week. How much precipitation this brings to the Lake Tahoe region remains to be seen but at least the models are now in complete disarray over what will be happening and NOT holding the persistent north Pacific high in place for much longer. This is good news if you want to see a major pattern shift! I know many of you will be traveling to Lake Tahoe this month and especially over the big Presidents weekend so I will try and up-date this post on a daily level from here on out through late March or early April. It does appear and this is tough 14 days out that it may be an active pattern during the Presidents weekend. Make sure you stay tuned to weather before driving up to your South Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental.
Map for Mid-Week Early February