Tahoe Weather Geek
Thursday March 6 8:30 am
The latest warm Pacific storm to sweep through the Sierra is on its way out this morning but could bring some isolated showers, perhaps even a thunderstorm, to the region this afternoon. Snow levels will continue to be on the high side.
The weekend should be warmer and mostly clear as we sit in a break between storm systems. The next one is due Sunday afternoon or evening, and it seems to be on a track to carry most of its energy to far Northern California. But some rain and snow is likely to spread as far south as the Tahoe Basin Monday morning, with snow levels projected to be above 7000 feet.
The pattern will remain unsettled into the middle of next week but no big storms are currently on a track to carry them into the Tahoe region.
Wednesday March 5 8:00 am
More rain is on the way.
Parts of the Tahoe Basin could seem some light showers this morning, and then, after a brief break, more widespread rain is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. By Mid-day Thursday some areas near the Sierra Crest could see more than a half an inch of precipitation, mostly rain, with snow levels initially well above 8000 feet. Snow levels will drop rapidly Thursday morning as the cold front moves through, but by then most of the moisture will be gone, so only a dusting is likely at lake level, if that.
Friday and Saturday should be dry but a similar system, also with high snow levels, is in the early forecast for Sunday….
Stay tuned for details.
Tuesday March 4 6:10 am
A steady rainfall that fell most of the day Monday finally turned to snow at 7000 feet Monday night, in time to dump 8 to 12 inches of snow above 7000 feet overnight. It’s probably pretty wet and sloppy, but hey, it’s snow.
Skies should be partly cloudy today as this system moves east and we get a lull between streams of subtropical moisture that will continue to move into Northern California for the coming week.
The next one is due Wednesday night into Thursday, and it looks like it will be as warm or warmer than the one that’s moving out today. That means snow levels could be as high as 8000 feet.
Friday and Saturday are forecast to be warm and dry again before another system moves through Sunday, although that one looks like it will send most of its energy north of Tahoe.
Monday March 3 6:15 am
A plume of Pacific moisture stretching from Hawaii to Northern California will keep the Sierra’s weather unsettled for much of the coming week.
A wave of moisture form this plume is forecast to reach California today, bringing rain and high elevation snow to the Tahoe region this afternoon. Snow levels are expected to be around 7000 feet, possibly higher, and accumulations will be light and mostly above 7000 feet with perhaps 4 inches total by the end of the day.
Tuesday and Wednesday look to be drier and warmer before another system passes through late Wednesday into Thursday. Snow levels could be even higher with that system. Friday and Saturday are currently forecast to be dry, with a chance of more moisture Sunday afternoon.
Stay tuned, and please keep sending us your snow (and rain) observations. Snow levels with all the recent storms have been very erratic, and members of the TahoeLoco community can help each other by sharing first hand reports.
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