More snow, rain to hit Lake Tahoe through weekend |

More snow, rain to hit Lake Tahoe through weekend

by Claire Cudahy
An atmospheric river in early January caused flooding on some South Lake Tahoe streets, including in the Lakeview neighborhood.
Courtesy Dylan Warren |

A winter storm warning is in effect above 6,500 feet through early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

The storm could bring 1-3 feet of powder at elevations above 7,000 feet, with the largest amount of snow expected along the Sierra Crest. At lake level, accumulation could total as much as 6 inches.

Snow moved into the Sierra around 6,000 feet on Wednesday evening. Snow levels rose to 7,000-7,500 feet Thursday before falling to around 6,500 feet today and eventually lake level Friday tonight.

A chance of rain and snow is expected to linger through the weekend and into the start of the week.

According to the weather service, the agency is expecting a modest atmospheric river, “meaning this storm won’t be as strong as the storms we saw earlier in January, but it still looks to have the potential to be a weak to moderate storm for the region.”

The forecast for Carson Valley is limited to rain through the middle of next week.

Though creeks and rivers are likely to rise due to the storm, “no flooding is expected with mainstem rivers at this time.”

The NWS warns that travel may become difficult due to snow-covered roads and low visibility across Sierra passes. The risk of avalanches is likely to increase, and conditions may be dangerous for backcountry activities.

A system in early January brought nearly 2 feet of snow followed by 4 inches of rain in South Lake Tahoe, which experienced flooding.