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Lake Tahoe Weather Forecast for California and Nevada including:
Blue Canyon, Truckee, Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Markleeville, Reno
COMPILED FROM REPORTS BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
6:53 AM PDT - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014

DAILY
Temp ˚F/Precip%
EVENING
Temperature ˚F

Greater Lake Tahoe Area - Weather at a Glance

Rain/Snow Showers Likely
Today
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Tonight
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Thu
Rain/Snow Likely
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Slight Chance Rain/Snow
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Mostly Sunny
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BLUE CANYON
5,282 FT.
50˚ 60% 37˚ 70% 43˚ 90% 32˚ 60% 46˚ 30% 39˚ 80% 46˚ 90% 35˚ 30% 47˚ 10%
TRUCKEE, CA
5,899 FT.
40˚ 80% 33˚ 80% 44˚ 80% 26˚ 50% 47˚ 10% 35˚ 40% 45˚ 80% 22˚ 35% 41˚ 0%
TAHOE CITY
6,450 FT.
47˚ 50% 34˚ 50% 43˚ 80% 28˚ 60% 45˚ 10% 35˚ 80% 42˚ 80% 26˚ 35% 40˚ 0%
SOUTH TAHOE
6,257 FT.
51˚ 50% 34˚ 50% 47˚ 70% 28˚ 60% 48˚ 10% 34˚ 80% 45˚ 80% 28˚ 35% 42˚ 0%
LAKE TAHOE
8,000 FT.
39˚ 80% 32˚ 80% 36˚ 80% 24˚ 60% 39˚ 10% 33˚ 70% 38˚ 80% 29˚ 35% 32˚ 0%
INCLINE VLG 7,568 FT. 44˚ 50% 31˚ 50% 41˚ 70% 25˚ 50% 42˚ 10% 34˚ 40% 43˚ 80% 28˚ 30% 34˚ 0%
MARKLEEVILLE
5,357 FT.
54˚ 50% 34˚ 50% 50˚ 70% 28˚ 60% 51˚ 0% 39˚ 40% 51˚ 80% 27˚ 35% 46˚ 0%
 RENO, NV
4,480 FT.
54˚ 30% 36˚ 30% 50˚ 70% 31˚ 40% 51˚ 10% 41˚ 30% 55˚ 45% 32˚ 20% 46˚ 0%

TODAY: Cloudy with scattered showers. Snow level 6500 feet rising to 7500 feet. Highs 44 to 49. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Ridge gusts up to 55 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Snow level 7500 to 8000 feet. Lows 26 to 31. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Ridge gusts up to 55 mph.
THURSDAY: Slight chance of rain and snow in the morning...then snow and rain likely in the afternoon. Snow level 7500 feet lowering to lake level. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Highs 40 to 45. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Ridge gusts up to 60 mph in the afternoon.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy. Chance of snow in the evening. Lows 20 to 25. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy. Highs 41 to 46. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with a chance of rain and snow. Lows 28 to 33.
SATURDAY: Breezy. Rain and snow. Highs 41 to 51.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Breezy. Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow and rain. Lows 23 to 33.
SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Partly cloudy. Highs 38 to 43. Lows 16 to 21.
MONDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows 22 to 32.
TUESDAY: Sunny. Highs 48 to 53.

SYNOPSIS (2:55 AM PDT)...A SERIES OF WEAK WEATHER SYSTEMS REACH THE SIERRA TODAY AND THURSDAY WITH LIGHT MOUNTAIN SNOW AND VALLEY RAIN. ANOTHER STORM COULD BRING MORE SNOW FOR THE SIERRA LATE FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY, WITH GUSTY WINDS IN LOWER ELEVATIONS BY SATURDAY. A DRYING TREND  RETURNS EARLY NEXT WEEK AS RIDGE REBUILDS ALONG THE WEST COAST.

SIERRA LAKE TAHOE FORECAST DISCUSSION: TWO SHORTWAVE SYSTEMS MOVING ACROSS THE SIERRA FOR TODAY AND THURSDAY ARE STILL ON TRACK TO BRING MODEST AMOUNTS OF PRECIPITATION TO THE REGION. THE THIRD WEATHER SYSTEM WILL PRODUCE MULTIPLE WEATHER IMPACTS OVER THE REGION AS THE WEEKEND BEGINS. LITTLE HAS CHANGED WITH THE FIRST SHORTWAVE ARRIVING LATER TODAY. LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS WILL INCREASE IN THE SIERRA AND AREAS NORTH OF SUSANVILLE-GERLACH THIS AFTERNOON. RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN THESE AREAS WILL GENERALLY RANGE FROM 0.10 TO 0.20 INCH, WITH A FEW POCKETS ABOVE 0.25 INCH POSSIBLE. SNOW LEVELS ARE STILL PROJECTED TO RISE ABOVE 7000 FEET THIS AFTERNOON WITH A COUPLE INCHES POSSIBLE ALONG THE SIERRA CREST AND AFFECTING PASSES ABOVE 7500 FEET, BEFORE THE PRECIPITATION ENDS EARLY THIS EVENING. FOR WESTERN NEVADA, MORE SPARSE COVERAGE OF LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS IS EXPECTED DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING, MAINLY NEAR AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 80. MOST AREAS WILL RECEIVE LITTLE TO NO MEASURABLE RAINFALL, EXCEPT FOR PARTS OF THE WEST CENTRAL NV BASIN MAINLY NORTH AND EAST OF LOVELOCK, WHERE A BIT MORE FORCING COULD PRODUCE A SHORT PERIOD OF STEADY RAIN THIS EVENING. ON THURSDAY, THE SECOND SHORTWAVE QUICKLY FOLLOWS WITH COLDER AIR AND BETTER MOISTURE AND FORCING ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION. SNOW LEVELS MAY BEGIN ABOVE 7000 FEET, BUT DROP QUICKLY DURING THE AFTERNOON AS COLD POOL ALOFT MOVES OVERHEAD. A CHANGEOVER TO SNOW IS PROBABLE IN THE TAHOE BASIN AND HIGHWAY 89 CORRIDOR FROM TRUCKEE NORTHWARD AROUND THE AFTERNOON COMMUTE TIME, WITH POTENTIAL FOR SLICK ROADS AND A FEW INCHES OF SNOWFALL ALONG THE SIERRA CREST FROM WESTERN LASSEN TO MONO COUNTY. A COUPLE INCHES COULD ACCUMULATE IN PARTS OF THE TAHOE BASIN, ESPECIALLY THE CALIFORNIA SIDE. MUCH OF WESTERN NEVADA FROM HIGHWAY 50 NORTHWARD WILL ALSO HAVE GOOD  POTENTIAL FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF RAINFALL IN THE MID-LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AROUND RENO-CARSON CITY, AND EARLY EVENING FOR THE WEST CENTRAL NEVADA BASIN. RAINFALL APPROACHING 0.10 INCH IS ANTICIPATED, WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. THIS FAST MOVING SHORTWAVE WILL EXIT QUICKLY TO THE EAST WITH LITTLE TO NO PRECIPITATION EXPECTED AFTER MIDNIGHT. ON FRIDAY, SHORTWAVE RIDGE WILL KEEP MOST AREAS DRY WITH WIDESPREAD CLOUD COVER, ALTHOUGH SOME INCREASE IN MOISTURE WITH WARM ADVECTION ALOFT COULD PRODUCE VERY LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW MAINLY NORTH OF LOVELOCK AND SUSANVILLE THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING. THERE IS QUITE A BIT OF UNCERTAINTY WITH SNOW LEVELS DUE TO DEVELOPMENT OF A DEEP ISOTHERMAL LAYER, BUT THE LATEST GUIDANCE DOES NOT SHOW MUCH FORCING ARRIVING BEFORE SATURDAY MORNING SO ANY RAIN OR SNOW THAT FALLS SHOULD BE LIGHT. THE POSITION OF THE UPPER LEVEL JET AND BAROCLINIC ZONE WOULD KEEP THE BEST PRECIPITATION CHANCES OVER NORTHWEST CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN OREGON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT. SNOW MAY BEGIN NEAR THE SIERRA CREST BY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING, BUT IT IS UNLIKELY TO CARRY VERY FAR EAST OF THE CREST UNTIL AFTER DAYBREAK.

LONG TERM WEATHER....SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...CONFIDENCE REMAINS MEDIUM TO HIGH IN A SYSTEM MOVING INTO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL PRODUCE A PERIOD OF RAIN AND SNOW IN THE SIERRA WITH RAIN AND GUSTY WINDS ACROSS WESTERN NEVADA. MODELS ARE TRENDING TOWARD WARM AIR ADVECTION AND UPSLOPE FLOW AS THE PRIMARY SOURCES OF LIFT. SO BEST CHANCE AT PRECIPITATION IS IN THE SIERRA FROM TIOGA PASS NORTHWARD TO WESTERN LASSEN COUNTY. THE LACK OF LIFT COULD MEAN LITTLE TO NO PRECIPITATION FOR WESTERN NEVADA WITH POTENTIAL  FOR A STRONG WIND EVENT. ALSO THE WARM AIR ADVECTION AND NIGHT TIME ARRIVAL OF THE SYSTEM IS LEADING TO UNCERTAINTY IN THE SNOW LEVEL FORECAST. FOR THE WINDS...LATEST MODELS HAVE TRENDED TOWARD QUITE A BIT OF SHADOWING IN THE MOISTURE AND PRECIPITATION FIELDS ALONG HIGHWAY 395. THIS RAISES A CONCERN FOR A POTENTIAL STRONG WIND EVENT AS THE COLD FRONT DROPS INTO NORTHWEST NEVADA. GUSTS OF 40-70 MPH ARE POSSIBLE FROM ALONG HIGHWAY 395 EASTWARD TO HIGHWAY 95. FOR THE SNOW LEVELS...WARM AIR ADVECTION MAY CAUSE A JUMP IN THE SNOW LEVELS, BUT WITH THE SYSTEM MOVING IN OVERNIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING A DEEP ISOTHERMAL LAYER NEAR FREEZING COULD DEVELOP BETWEEN 6500 AND 10000 FEET. THIS WOULD KEEP SNOW LEVELS FAIRLY CLOSE TO 6500-7500 FEET IN THE SIERRA CREST AND YIELD SEVERAL INCHES OF A HEAVY WET SNOW (RATIOS NEAR 8 TO 1). TRAVEL IMPACTS DUE TO SLICK AND/OR SNOW COVERED ROADS ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE SIERRA FOR I-80, US-50, AND CA 88, 89 AND 267. THIS SYSTEM WILL PASS TO OUR EAST BY SATURDAY NIGHT AS A RIDGE REBUILDS ALONG THE CALIFORNIA COAST. THIS WILL PUSH THE JET AND THE MAIN STORM TRACK OVER OREGON AND IDAHO FOR THE START OF NEXT WEEK. AS SYSTEMS PASS TO  THE NORTH, THE TAIL END OF A COLD FRONT OR TWO SHOULD BRUSH NORTHERN NEVADA KEEPING AFTERNOON HIGHS IN THE UPPER 40S AND 50S.

 Lake Tahoe Water Temperatures

Courtesy of UC Davis Meteorological Data Sites around Lake Tahoe

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10/27/14

Sunnyside USCG Station Tahoe Vista
53.3F 51.7 F 45.5 F (12/31/13)

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10/27/14

Rubicon Bay Timber Cove
31.5 F 27.3 F

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