Lake Tahoe Weather: Sunny, Then PM Showers, T-Storms
Lake Tahoe Weather Summary
Good Morning Tahoetopians! Sunny skies Thursday morning, then showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Warmer, with daytime regional highs in the low 60s to low 70s and light winds. A Special Weather Statement has been issued calling for potentially strong thunderstorms, lightning rain and hail this afternoon and evening (see below)... Looking ahead, low pressure continues with cooler temps, showers, high elevation snow, and thunderstorms into the holiday weekend.
NWS Forecast for Greater Lake Tahoe Area
Today: Sunny in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 61 to 71. Light winds.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Lows 36 to 41. West winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light.
Friday: Showers, chance of thunderstorms and snow showers. Snow level 9000 to 9500 feet. Snow accumulation up to 4 inches. Highs 45 to 55. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night: Cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Snow level 8000 to 8500 feet. Lows 33 to 43. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday: Showers in the morning, then scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Snow level 7500 feet rising to 8500 feet. Highs 48 to 53. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy with isolated showers after midnight. Lows 31 to 41.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
456 AM PDT Thu May 24 2018 ...THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAIN, HAIL AND STRONG WIND GUSTS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING...
Low pressure approaching the California coast will bring favorable conditions for more widespread and stronger thunderstorms this afternoon and evening over the eastern Sierra and portions of western Nevada.
Thunderstorms are most likely to form near the Sierra in Mono and Alpine counties early this afternoon, then move across the Reno, Carson City and Lake Tahoe vicinity during the afternoon commute hours between 4 and 7 PM. The strongest storms are then expected to move northward across Lassen County, the Surprise Valley and far northwest Nevada this evening, including Susanville and Cedarville.
The stronger storms will be capable of producing hail up to 1 inch in diameter, wind gusts in excess of 45 mph, and significant lightning activity. Very heavy rainfall will produce ponding on roads and reduced visibility. Localized flash flooding is also possible, with the potential for debris flows, especially in areas where heavy rain falls on recent burn scars.
For the commute this afternoon, allow extra time for travel and keep extra distance between vehicles. If you`re planning outdoor activities, watch the sky for developing thunderstorms, and head indoors if you hear thunder.