Finally. it appears that snow will come to Lake Tahoe. A Pacific storm that’s now hitting the Seattle-Portland region will bring perhaps a foot or more snow in the Sierra Nevada range by the weekend.
The storm is expected to arrive sometime Thursday (Jan. 18).
A high pressure ridge across the northern Pacific Ocean has prevented precipitation from reaching the Sierra for nearly two months. The ridge is expected to give way and allow the jet stream to push strong storms into the Tahoe area, according to the National Weather Service.
There is a chance that by Friday a foot or more of snow above 7,500 feetm making for powder conditions for the first time this season for skiing and snowboarding.
It’s been a very difficult start to the season for Lake Tahoe ski resorts. They have relied almost exclusively on snow-making capabilities to produce snow.
The driest December in more than a century in Lake Tahoe came during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, which are the resorts’ busiest time of the season. In nearby Reno, it was the driest December since 1883 with not a trace of snow.
And to complicate the problem, temperatures were unseasonably high. On New Year’s Day, South Lake Tahoe reached a record-high of 54 degrees, which broke the previous Jan. 1 high of 53 degrees in 1990. Temperatures were hovering in the 50-degree range on Tahoe’s north shore as well.
A dusting of snow appeared Monday in the North Lake Tahoe region.
“We were thrilled to wake up to snow on the ground,” sAndy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association said earlier this week. “It’s been a peculiar winter nationwide, but it looks like Mother Nature is finally stepping up and delivering with storms lined up for the next seven days.”
Heavenly ski resort opened Skyline Trail on Monday, allowing skiers and snowboarders to ski and ride from California to Nevada.
Overall, Heavenly is operating 23 lifts with 28 open trails and more than 15 miles of the finest snow surface conditions Lake Tahoe has to offer. Snow depths on the open trails range from 18-24 inches and snow coverage is wall-to-wall.
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