Tahoe Weather Geek
Friday Feb. 19
A quick moving but powerful storm left more than two feet of snow at the higher elevations around Tahoe Thursday, with 18 inches at snow-favored locations closer to The Lake.
A second storm right on its heels will move into Northern California today. This system is going to slide mainly to the north of Tahoe but the latest forecast models show a chance for a few inches of additional snow north of Highway 50.
That storm should be winding up tonight, with skies beginning to clear by Saturday. An area of high pressure will build over the region Sunday, leading to a a warming trend for the Sierra and all of Northern California.
A low pressure system will try to break through the high on Tuesday but current forecasts don’t show that system amounting to much.
Thursday Feb. 18
A quick winter storm that blew into the Sierra Wednesday night left about 8 to 10 inches of snow at 7000 feet with a few more inches at the higher elevations. Snow will taper to snow showers during the day today with several more inches possible in favored locations. Snow levels dropped to below 4000 feet overnight, leaving a few inches around the lake.
A second system moving into the Pacific Northwest Friday looks as if it will stay mostly north of Tahoe, so we are likely to see continued cloudiness and cool temperatures but little or no additional snow.
High pressure will then build back into the Western US, triggering another warming trend. One low pressure system will try to bust through that ridge around Tuesday, but its chances do not look good.
The forecast models for next week or showing a return to above normal temperatures for the end of the February.
Wednesday Feb. 18
Rain and snow will return to the Northern Sierra today after a mostly dry first three weeks of February.
A modestly strong winter storm system is moving into Northern California this morning and should reach the Sierra this afternoon. High winds, possibly reaching 100 mph along the Sierra Crest, will precede the storm front.
Snow levels will start out high, probably around 7500 feet. But they will drop quickly this evening as the cold front moves through the region.
By Thursday afternoon, as the system departs, we should see one to two feet of new snow above 7500 feet with 6 to 10 inches at 7000 feet and a few inches at lake level.
Another system will follow this one into Northern California on Friday, but as of now it looks like most if not all of that storm’s precipitation will remain north of the Tahoe Basin.
By Sunday temperatures should be warming back toward normal or a little above as another area of high pressures settles over the West.
Monday Feb. 16
After more than two weeks of spring-like weather, winter will make a return appearance in Tahoe this week, but its stay might be brief.
A significant winter storm is brewing in the Pacific and should make landfall along the north coast Wednesday morning. By Wednesday night, it will reach the Northern Sierra, bringing rain with snow above about 6500 feet at the start. Snow levels are forecast to fall overnight Wednesday to as low as 4000 feet Thursday morning as the cold front moves through. One to two feet of snow are possible at the higher elevations, with 6 to 12 inches likely beloe 7000 feet.
A seconds storm is on track for Friday but appears likely to move through to the north, only brushing the Tahoe region with its southern flank.
And after that, the high pressure that’s given us such a mild February is forecast to rebuild over the west,bringing a return to unseasonably warm temperatures.