Thursday, January 19, 2012

Winter Storm Watch for Lake Tahoe

Will we finally get some significant snow at Lake Tahoe?  From all indications it looks like we will.  A light storm is on the way right now, and a second storm is expected in  Friday evening that should drop several inches of snow.  The National Weather Service in Reno released a “Winter weather message” which says snow accumulations could reach 2 to 5 inches at lake level and 5 to 10 on the ski slopes.

Some snow showers are possible on Saturday and Sunday, though with little to no snow accumulation.  It may be a little early to throw the powder boards into the car, but it might be time give them a tune up. 

Westbound 80 trucks are already being screened at Prosser Road in Truckee, for chains.



Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV

819 AM PST THU JAN 19 2012
 
...SNOW RETURNS TO THE SIERRA AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA TONIGHT

AND FRIDAY NIGHT...

.THE FIRST OF TWO STORM SYSTEMS WILL MOVE THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON

AND TONIGHT...BRINGING LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW TO THE SIERRA AND

NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA.

A MUCH STRONGER STORM WILL ARRIVE LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND BRING

THE THREAT FOR HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS TO THE SIERRA THROUGH

SATURDAY MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN

ABOVE 7000 FEET IN THE TAHOE BASIN AND ABOVE 7500 FEET IN MONO

COUNTY.

GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SOUTH LAKE TAHOE...TRUCKEE...

INCLINE VILLAGE

819 AM PST THU JAN 19 2012
 
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS

AFTERNOON TO 4 AM PST FRIDAY...

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON

THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING ABOVE 7000 FEET...
 

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS

AFTERNOON TO 4 AM PST FRIDAY. A WINTER STORM WATCH ABOVE

7000 FEET REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH

SATURDAY MORNING.

* TIMING: SNOW WILL INCREASE BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND

  CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.

* A MORE INTENSE STORM WILL BRING HEAVIER SNOW TO HIGHER

  ELEVATIONS FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING...WITH

  SNOWFALL RATES IN EXCESS OF 2 INCHES PER HOUR POSSIBLE.


* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH TONIGHT: 5 TO 10 INCHES ABOVE 7000

  FEET...WITH 2 TO 5 INCHES DOWN TO LAKE LEVEL.


* WINDS TONIGHT: SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH.

  RIDGE GUSTS IN THE SIERRA UP TO 100 MPH.

 * SNOW LEVELS: NEAR LAKE LEVEL.
 
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS FRIDAY AFTERNOON TO SATURDAY MORNING: 1 FOOT

  OR MORE ABOVE 7000 FEET...WITH 2 FEET OR MORE ABOVE 8000 FEET.


* IMPACTS: SLICK CONDITIONS WITH POOR VISIBILITY AND CHAIN

  RESTRICTIONS LIKELY OVER THE MAJOR PASSES INCLUDING

  INTERSTATE 80 AND HIGHWAYS 50....88 AND 89

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO POSE AN INCONVENIENCE TO TRAVELERS THIS

EVENING. ROADS WILL BECOME SLICK AND HAZARDOUS...WITH SNOW AND

ICE FIRST DEVELOPING ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES. MOTORISTS SHOULD

SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION.


ON FRIDAY NIGHT...THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW

ACCUMULATIONS AND DANGEROUS WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. CONTINUE

TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AT WEATHER.GOV/RENO OR LISTEN TO

NOAA WEATHER RADIO.




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