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April (snow) showers

April 1, 2014 by  
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Tuesday April 1

Snow showers should continue today throughout the Tahoe Basin as a low pressure system sliding down the California coast pushes some of its energy into the Sierra. But since the system appears set to move south before heading east, its bigger impacts today will likely be along the coast and Central Valley and the Southern Sierra. Some minor accumulations are still possible today however, and we could even see some shower activity overnight and into Wednesday before this thing is done. That will only add to the one to two feet of light powder from this storm, which has brought snow down to 2500 feet in the foothills this morning.

After a brief lull another very weak system could bring some light and scattered snow showers to the Sierra on Friday, then skies shoudl begin to clear for the weekend. A ridge of high pressure is forecast to build over the west and bring a warming trend, with temperatures back to normal or slightly above normal by Monday.

As for the drought, despite this great finish to March, precipitation totals barely reached 50 percent of normal for the month….Still not out of the woods yet.

Stay tuned for more details.


March Miracle?

March 31, 2014 by  
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Monday March 31

The storms keep coming.

This won’t end the drought, but it has certainly been a sweet start to spring.

One more — possibly the best of the bunch — is on its way into Northern California this morning.

This system is cold and ideally suited to wring the maximum amount of snow out of a relatively small amount of moisture.

Look for two waves, one this afternoon or tonight, then a brief lull followed by more snow early Tuesday.

Snow levels will likely dip to below 4000 feet, with six inches or more possible around the Lake, a foot around 7000 feet and between 1 and 2 feet at the highest elevations around Tahoe. With cold temps and high snow to water-content ratios this should be some fluffy spring powder.

Stay tuned for updates.



Two feet new, two more may be coming

March 30, 2014 by  
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Sunday March 30

A storm that dropped up to two feet of new snow on Tahoe peaks above 7000 feet Saturday and Saturday night is moving out this morning, with some scattered snow showers possible but little new accumulations. Snow was falling at up to 2 inches per hour at the Sierra Crest last night.

Snow levels looked to be dropping to around 5000 feet this morning but most of the moisture has already moved south and east of the area.

After a break of about 24 to 30 hours, one more storm is due to pass through the Sierra late Monday into Tuesday. This system will bring cold arctic air from the Gulf of Alaska, dropping temperatures to 10 degrees or more below normal. Snow levels are expected to drop down below 4000 feet and at higher elevations we could see another 1 to 2 feet of very light powder as snow to water ratios reach into the neighborhood of 20:1. This could very well be the best storm of the season.

The pattern will remain unsettled and we could see another storm later in the week, but the track of that system remains uncertain as of today.

Stay tuned for more details.


One to two feet possible by Sunday

March 28, 2014 by  
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Friday March 28

The latest in a series of winter-like storms is moving into Northern California this afternoon and is expected to reach the Tahoe Basin late tonight or early Saturday morning.

Snow levels are expected to start out around 7000 feet and fall later in the day, with snow falling steadily most of Saturday. The heaviest snowfall is likely to be in the evening, when snowfall rates of two inches per hour are possible for several hours. By Sunday we should see one to two feet of new snow above 7000 feet with 6 to 10 inches possible around the Lake.

Some scattered snow showers may linger into Sunday but accumulations will be light. Temperatures behind the cold front will be chilly, about 10 degrees below normal for this time of year.

After a lull on Sunday another even colder storm is due to drop out of the Gulf of Alaska Monday.  This system won’t be tapping into as much moisture but the cold temperatures are likely to enhance snow production so we could see another foot of snow above 7000 feet and several more inches around the Lake.

And that might not be the end of it. It is looking like yet another storm system might make it to Tahoe by Friday, perhaps with higher snow levels but bringing a chance of rain and high-elevation snow to the region.

Stay tuned for more details.

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