Don’t give up on a Miracle March yet. This week will be pretty active, especially up in the mountains as a series of winter storms moves through. The first will arrive Tuesday afternoon, with strong winds blowing in rain and high elevation snow. Initially, snow levels will be about 8,000’ but should lower to about 7,000’ by the evening. Subsequent storms through the rest of the work week will lower snow levels to the lake itself Tuesday night and then as low as the foothills around Reno by Wednesday or Thursday. A possible stronger and colder storm moves through Thursday into Friday. Total snow accumulations by the end of the week should be measured in terms of feet in the upper elevations, with lesser amounts at the shores of Tahoe.
In Reno, there will be appreciable shadowing with the storms, so rainfall on the west side of the valley should be greater than in the central or east. As the week progresses, temperatures will steadily fall from the upper 50 Tuesday to the lower 40s by Friday, and some snow in the valley is possible by late in the work week.