Record Setting February, The Snow Continues

Category: Weather
  • Lake Tahoe Granite Chief Februburied
  • Lake Tahoe Granite Chief Februburied
Snowfall Report:

Another impressive 24 hours as cold powdery snow continued to pile up.  The 24-hour reports for the upper mountains are 23-30 inches, and 17-19 inches at the bases.  That brings the 4-day storm total to 69 inches so far on the upper mountain! 

The February total is now at 205 inches setting a new record for February!  The season total is now at 462" which is 171% of average for this date!  That's a lot of snow and avalanche dangers are high, so expect delays in areas opening as avalanche mitigation work is performed around the mountain.

Cold & Snowy Weekend:

Snow showers continue Saturday & Sunday 2 final waves move through.  Winds gusting to 60+ mph up top could still affect upper mountain lifts operations Saturday.  Winds are expected to 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 7-11 inches by Sunday morning, and a final 3-5 inches on Sunday before the storm clears out Sunday night.  That means storm totals will likely end up close to 7 feet on the upper mountain.

The Week Ahead:

Monday & Tuesday we should see sunny skies with light winds and cold temperatures.  Highs expected to remain in the 20's through the week.

The next cold system drops down from the north Wednesday into Thursday.  Right now this system looks drier than the last few as it comes down over land.  We will watch to see if it moves closer to the ocean and picks up more moisture, but for now, expecting a possible 6-9 inches of additional snowfall midweek.

Then we could see a cold and dry pattern for next weekend.  There is another storm moving down from the north, but the latest trend on the forecast models is to keep this system to our north.  We will keep watching that as well.

Long-Range:

The week of the 25th we could transition into a drier and milder pattern, and then maybe a stormier pattern again sometime during 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!