39 Inches So Far, Another 2-3 Feet Possible by Sunday Evening

Category: Weather
  • weather map at lake tahoe
  • weather map at lake tahoe
Snowfall Report:

As expected we saw rain quickly change to snow Thursday, with cold air continuing push in overnight bringing lots of powdery snow.  The 24-hour reports for the upper mountain are 24-28 inches, and 22-24 inches at the base.  That brings the 3-day storm total to 39 inches so far on the upper mountain.  The season total is now at 432" which is 160% of average for this date!

Cold & Snowy Weekend:

Friday the heavy snow and gusty winds continue.  Then snow showers Friday night through Sunday as couple more waves move through.  Winds gusting to 70+ mph up top could still affect upper mountain lifts operations Friday.  Winds are expected to gust to 60+ mph Saturday then drop off Sunday.  Highs only in the 20's through the weekend with high snow ratios and powdery snow falling.

We could see an additional 18-24 inches of snow by Saturday morning, 8-12 inches by Sunday morning, and a final 3-5 inches on Sunday before the storm clears out Sunday night.  That means an additional 2-3+ feet of snow is possible Friday-Sunday on top of the 2-3+ feet so far!

Long-Range:

The week of the 18th we transition into a cold and drier pattern, with inside slider type systems possibly brushing us with light snow Wednesday night - Thursday, and again Saturday night - Sunday.  The other days we should see some sun and lighter winds with highs only in the 20's through the week.

The week of the 25th we could transition into a dry and milder pattern into the first week of March.

Travel Impacts & Information

This series of storms coincides with President's Day weekend travel, so please note that there may be chain controls, slow moving traffic or road closures as the snow flies. We strongly encourage you to check weather, road status, snow reports and lift status as we move into a dynamic weather pattern. Here are some helpful links, and please travel safely!