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Sunday, December 23, 2012

It Will Keep Snowing

Another strong wave of snow is coming into the Tahoe area with significant snow for the Sierra and Tahoe Basin set for this afternoon through X-Mas Eve morning. I talked about this wave a week ago and am still impressed. Here is a look at late tonight:


This storm will have a greater impact in South Lake Tahoe area but will deliver 2-4 feet of additional accumulation for all of the Sierra around Tahoe. I believe Slide Mountain will pick up an addition 18-30 inches in the Carson Range. This storm will continue until tomorrow afternoon.

There will be a quiet period tomorrow night. For those of you looking for cold weather, it will be very cold Christmas Eve night.

The next storm comes in late on the 25th and will last through the 26th. This storm will again have a more profound impact in the South Lake Tahoe area. Here is a look very late on the 25th as this storm approaches:


I expect another 1-3 feet for the Sierra with the heavier amounts south. The Carson range should get an additional 1-2 feet out of this storm. Again, this is a cold storm and should leave behind some very light powder and should snow all the way down to 5,000 feet.

Here is a look at total precip through the 25th:



I am tracking another storm for the first of January that will split and travel down the west coast right past our area. It will then come ashore, bring very beneficial precip to Southern California, pull a u-turn and start to head back north. Right now I do not expect a tremendous amount of precip in our area. However that could change.

For those of you who live down in Mammoth Lakes, this next week is for you as all 3 storms are going to hit and hit hard, starting today!

Remember the Sierra Avalanche website has a link on the right side of this web page and I suggest that if you are heading into the back country that you take a good look at it.

Finally, this series of storms will for the most part leave the valleys alone. Reno and Carson are just about done. They may pick up an addition 2-4 inches. The foothills could see an additional 6 inches. Of course if the trajectory of these storms changes slightly, so may the snow fall totals for the shadowed areas. Check with your local weather to get a more up to date, accurate picture of valley weather.

Stay Tuned ...

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