Lake Tahoe: Up to 10 feet of snow in forecast
January 9, 2017
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The extremely wintry start to 2017 continues Tuesday with a blizzard conditions and increased snow potential.
According to the National Weather Service in Reno, a blizzard warning is in effect all day Tuesday until 10 a.m. Wednesday for the greater Tahoe-Truckee region.
Meanwhile, a winter storm warning that began Monday will be on tap from 10 a.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Thursday.
Originally, NWS had forecast up to 4 to 8 feet of snow above 7,000 feet, with 2 to 5 feet at lake level by Thursday morning.
As of 4 a.m. Tuesday, however, the forecast has been upgraded to 5 to 10 feet above 7,000 feet, and 3 to 7 feet at lake level.
All schools across the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, as well as Incline Village schools and regional schools at South Lake Tahoe and Zephyr Cove, are closed Tuesday due to the storm.
— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) January 10, 2017
On Tuesday, “dangerous blizzard conditions due to heavy snow and strong winds will continue,” according to NWS, and periods of heavy snow will continue through Wednesday night. Wind gusts of 60 mph are expected Tuesday at lake level, with Sierra ridge gusts topping 100 mph.
“Dangerous life-threatening blizzard conditions with near zero visibility will exist for travel and outdoor activities, with heavy snow accumulation on all Sierra roads,” according to NWS.
An avalanche warning remains in effect for the greater Lake Tahoe area through 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to NWS. Visit http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/ to stay up to date with warnings and slide potential.