It looks like we have some storms coming in this week. The strongest storm will hit Tahoe Wednesday – Thursday. The first storm, which will start tonight, is expected to be weak. Snow levels will be high, so don’t expect anything significant.
Wednesday is a different story. Snow levels will start high, around 9,000 feet, but will gradually fall to 8,000 feet later on in the day, and possible much lower by Thursday. The second part of this storm is expected to hit on Thursday morning with cold air, so expect snow at all elevations.
If you’re a backcountry skier or rider, you should have plenty of snow to slash through, especially if you’re going to be above 8,000 feet. Don’t forget your avalanche gear, new snow and wind loading will increase avalanche risks.
For the resort riders, Boreal and Mt Rose are going to be your only options this week. More resorts open later this month. Boreal, due to it’s location, could have 1-3 feet. If that happens, we expect them to open a lot more terrain.
Snow Amounts – National Weather Service Report
Above 7,500 Feet: 1 foot or more
Below 7,500 Feet: 6 inches, possibly more (depending on the timing of the storm)
Expect winter travel conditions, especially on Interstate 80 around Donner Summit, Mt Rose Highway, Highways 50 and 88. Remember, these roads increase significantly in elevation near Tahoe, carry chains and make sure your tires can handle the snow!