Chance of snow in Tahoe Basin this weekend |

Chance of snow in Tahoe Basin this weekend

Staff Reports

A winter storm watch for the Lake Tahoe Basin has been issued from 10 a.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Christmas Eve, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow is expected to arrive in the Tahoe Basin by Friday morning with periods of heavy snow possible Friday afternoon through midday Saturday. Sccumulations of 1-2 feet are possible above 7,000 feet, with up to a foot possible at Lake level. Snow levels are expected to drop below 6,000 feet.

Sierra Ridge gusts could hit 100 mph during the storm.

Forecasters are warning motorists of the possibility of whiteout conditions, with dangerous travel on mountain roads, including highways 50 and 88.

If conditions are favorable, the North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts may continue prescribed fire operations this week before the storm arrives.

Those operations are expected to take place near Glenbrook, Round Hill, Lower Kingsbury Grade and Tahoe City, according to a press release sent Friday by the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team.

Before prescribed fire operations are conducted, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition. Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition.

Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to reduce their exposure by staying indoors if they are in a smoke affected area.

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