NOAA: 4-6″ of Snow Forecast for Lake Tahoe, CA/NV This Weekend | Snow Levels Down To 4,500′

image: noaa, sacramento ca, 9/27/19

NOAA has issued a Special Weather Statement that is forecasting 4-6″ of snow for Lake Tahoe, CA/NV on Saturday & Sunday.

Snow levels are forecast to start at 6,000′ and drop as low as 4,500′ by Sunday night.

Tahoe has already seen 2 snowfalls this season and Tahoe is still waiting on a big storm to get the season’s snowpack started.

  • Carson Pass:  6-8″
  • Lassen Park:  6-8″
  • Donner Pass:  4-6″
  • Ebbetts Pass:  4-6″
  • Kingvale: 4-6″
  • Echo Pass: 3-4″
  • Sonora Pass:  3-4″
  • Tioga Pass:  1″
More detail on the Lake Tahoe snowfall forecast.
image: noaa, sacramento ca, 9/27/19
Snow levels are expected to drop as low as about 5000 feet around Reno/Tahoe and as low as 4000 feet near the Oregon border by Saturday night.
RAIN AND SNOW SATURDAY- A band of rain and snow is expected along the cold front Saturday with light snow accumulations potentially impacting travel over Sierra passes Saturday late afternoon into the evening. Precipitation may be heavy for a brief period, but overall precipitation totals will be on the moderate side (0.1-0.3") as the initial cold front moves through the region quickly. Snow levels will drop rapidly behind the cold front with light accumulations of snow possible down to 5000-6000 feet Saturday evening.  ADDITIONAL RAIN AND SNOW POSSIBLE SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY - Additional relatively low elevation snow is possible late Sunday night into Monday as a secondary front moves into the region. Snow levels could be as low as 4500-5500 feet with this secondary front, but predictability is still low regarding this aspect of the forecast, so keep tuned to weather.gov/reno for updates. Right now it appears that parts of Northeast California around Susanville and Lassen National Park have the best chance of snow issues Monday morning. - NOAA, Reno NV, 9/27/19
image: noaa, sacramento ca, 9/26/19
Special Weather Statement National Weather Service RENO NV 206 PM PDT Thu Sep 26 2019 Surprise Valley California-Lassen-Eastern Plumas- Eastern Sierra Counties-Greater Lake Tahoe Area-Mono County- Mineral and Southern Lyon Counties-Greater Reno-Carson City- Minden Area-Western Nevada Basin and Range including Pyramid Lake- Northern Washoe County- Including the cities of Cedarville, Eagleville, Fort Bidwell, Portola, Susanville, Westwood, Sierraville, Loyalton, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Markleeville, Bridgeport, Coleville, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, Hawthorne, Yerington, Smith Valley, Mina, Schurz, Stateline, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Sparks, Verdi, Gardnerville, Virginia City, Fernley, Fallon, Lovelock, Silver Springs, Nixon, Imlay, Empire, and Gerlach ...STRONG COLD FRONT THIS WEEKEND WITH WELL BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES INTO NEXT WEEK... A strong cold front will move through the region Saturday bringing a dramatic change to the weather with breezy winds, rain, snow, and much colder weather returning for the weekend. Now is the time to prepare for winter travel if you have plans to drive over the mountains, and to prepare your garden and irrigation for possible freezing temperatures. MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES - Much colder temperatures will move into the region this weekend with daytime high temperatures dropping 20 degrees or more, between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon. Cold air will remain over the region through much of next week. Freezes are likely in lower elevation valleys early next week with the best chances Sunday and Tuesday mornings. BREEZY WINDS - Breezy winds are expected Friday and Saturday with some travel and lake recreation impacts possible. Gusts will generally be in the 30-40 mph range through much of the region Friday, continuing through Saturday south of I-80. Ridge winds are expected to peak on Friday with ridge winds gusting to around 60 mph. Areas of critical fire weather are possible in the Eastern Sierra where vegetation remains quite dry. RAIN AND SNOW SATURDAY- A band of rain and snow is expected along the cold front Saturday with light snow accumulations potentially impacting travel over Sierra passes Saturday late afternoon into the evening. Precipitation may be heavy for a brief period, but overall precipitation totals will be on the moderate side (0.1-0.3") as the initial cold front moves through the region quickly. Snow levels will drop rapidly behind the cold front with light accumulations of snow possible down to 5000-6000 feet Saturday evening. ADDITIONAL RAIN AND SNOW POSSIBLE SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY - Additional relatively low elevation snow is possible late Sunday night into Monday as a secondary front moves into the region. Snow levels could be as low as 4500-5500 feet with this secondary front, but predictability is still low regarding this aspect of the forecast, so keep tuned to weather.gov/reno for updates. Right now it appears that parts of Northeast California around Susanville and Lassen National Park have the best chance of snow issues Monday morning.