A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through Saturday for the mountains around Lake Tahoe as the first real winter storm of the season moves through the region. Total snowfall amounts will depend on elevation and location in the mountains. By the end of the weekend, the lake itself could see a few inches of snow, while the passes and peaks could see 1-2 feet. Snow levels will lower to the lake during the day Saturday, and after a break in the action Saturday night and most of Sunday, a second colder system moves through late Sunday into Monday morning.
In the valley, it’s is unlikely snow levels will drop enough to get any accumulations below the mid-foothills. Strong winds will create a substantial rain shadow, so valley rainfall will be limited, and most of what we see down here will be on the western side of the valley. Temperatures will be cool throughout the forecast period, topping out in the mid-50s Saturday, the upper-40s Sunday and Monday before climbing back into the low 50s on Tuesday.
And of course, don’t forget to set your clocks back Saturday night as Daylight Saving ends early Sunday.