Tahoe Weather Watch: March 19 “Out like a lamb?”

| March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Giovanni Paredes

Here we go again. Warm spring weather on the heels of another winter storm. Though this incoming system is not as cold nor as wet as last the storm to push through the Lake Tahoe Basin. Unfortunately, the jetstream is not favoring the snow gods as this system is destined to suffer the seasonal perils of spring and split the system offshore, keeping the energy well north into Alaska, leaving us with just the moisture plume minus any dynamics or energy to kick off any real storminess. This is the same pattern that kept us dry the last few months although now it’s starting to warm up. So for now expect snow at resort or pass level by late Tuesday and wet snow, if any,  at Lake level on Wednesday then clearing by evening. 3-8 inches of snow at resort level is about all we can expect from this mid latitude storm. Warming up into the 50s again by the weekend with beautiful weather and crisp nights in the mid 20s. The 10 day outlook is looking promising for some kind of change, but I’m not going to say a word just yet, just saying spring might be wetter than normal.

Traveling into the Northern Sierra shouldn’t be much trouble all week long, but always be prepared for winter conditions as the weather can and often does change quickly in the Sierra. Chain controls can be expected over most mountain passes by early Wednesday, but conditions should improve by mid afternoon as this is a warmer storm and it’s starting to look like the Tahoe Basin may only get rain out of it. Enjoy another gorgeous weekend. Drive safe.

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