Tahoe Weather Watch, Feb. 18: #Winteriscoming

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Giovanni Paredes

Anxiously expected and definitely welcomed, winter returns to Tahoe with snow tonight. These incoming systems are cold, so snow is likely down to 2,000 ft. or so through Wednesday morning. This will be the first of many somewhat dry and cold storm systems to arrive in the Tahoe Basin. Lake level amounts may add up to 6-8 inches of snow while resorts especially on the west side may get 15” or more. The lack of moisture and the northern trajectory of these systems is not helping, but this is just the beginning. We will see a new Pacific storm arriving in the Sierra every other day into next week. These next systems won’t be much stronger than Tuesday’s, but with the convective nature of these cold systems localized snow showers will keep the Northern Sierra in the snow almost every day this week. There’s also hope that one or more of these systems may swing out offshore and pick up more moisture. Nevertheless, it’ll mean powder days here in the Basin. The long range models are still favor of a cold and stormy March so put your snow tires on and tune your edges. Winter is not over yet.

Travel restrictions will most certainly be in effect as hazardous driving conditions are expected as 2-3 inches of snow are expected as low as Grass Valley (2,500Ft). Take necessary precautions with extra food and warm clothes on your way in and out the Sierra this week. Have a safe drive.

Here you can see how the Pacific Northwest will be taking the bulk of the storms this week.


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