Up to 10 feet of snow for Lake Tahoe area

A period of blizzard conditions is possible Sunday night into Tuesday morning.

National Weather Service Reno NV Feb 1 2019
Greater Lake Tahoe Area- Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline, and Incline Village


Heavy snow and gusty winds expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 feet at lake level, except 5 to 10 feet above 7000 feet expected. Snow drifts could be deeper than 10 feet. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph Sunday afternoon into Monday with gusts to 100 mph over ridges.

Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions will impact commuting and ski resort travel. Very strong winds could cause extensive tree damage and near zero visibility.
According to the NWS’s Twitter feed, the new Pacific coastal storm hitting California this weekend should drop up to 9 feet (275 cm) of new snow, adding to former governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown’s “perma-drought” his state will forever suffer from:

Multiple rounds of heavy mountain snowfall are expected this weekend & Monday. Snow levels will drop rapidly Friday night to 4000-5000 feet & then fall significantly on Monday. A few inches of snow is possible down to 1000-2000 feet on Monday.
See graphic:

Current snow water equivalent (SWE) for the Sierra Nevada around the Lake Tahoe region is already above normal for this time of year, and there’s several more months of winter left:


Thanks to Kenneth Lund and H.B. Schmidt for these links

9 thoughts on “Up to 10 feet of snow for Lake Tahoe area”

    • It was the spill way and the emergency spill way that failed. From my time living in that part of California, this dam will probably start having issues along about April or May when it Oroville (and other dam reservoir’s) are past capacity when the higher mountains start loosing snow pack.

  1. Remember, we were told not long ago that California was in permanent drought due to “man made global warming/climate change.”

  2. The dam was repaired and the spill way repaired. I’m m sure they will be opening up the dams in California this year. Looks like a very wet winter. Estimate 150% of normal precipitation after this storm.

  3. in the 60’s when I lived in the east bay area….the time when the experts were sure we were heading for a new ice age (they probably rolling in their graves at the stupidity of controlling the weather/climate).… the pacific “express” brought “big snow”…where traffic on Hwy 80 would be stopped for hours or days in Auburn and Placerville for the plows to get the road opened. THis is not “news”…it means that the normal “drought cycle” has broke.
    This was also the time period that government leadership saw value in water storage to alleviate the devastating flooding events along the Sacramento River and the Bay Area towns many miles downstream. Dams and reservoir’s were planned and some built (most of the plans are collecting dust now). The Water Control Board of the time knew that southern CA was growing and needed water; and that CA was not immune to several years of drought.
    I suspect that over the next few years when FEMA comes to visit again, and the greenies are “removed”, “smart” water storage will again resurface.

  4. FYI it is “Oroville Dam” and it’s pretty much ready to go now.

    Or so they say…

    FWIW, my old home town is just downstream of the dam, so I watch it closely…

  5. Never mind current snowpack cuz the experts at Berkeley are positive that it’s on track to shrink up to 79% by the end of the century.
    Count ’em…no less than FIVE climate “models.” WOW.
    “Using five climate models that assume continued high global greenhouse gas emissions, the researchers found that on average, the snowpack could face a 54% reduction in volume in the next 20 to 40 years and a 79% reduction in the next 60 to 80 years.”


    I guess they didn’t use the 2016-2017 “one of the largest snowpacks in California history” in their model (163% of average) enabling them to spout such nonsense.

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