There was a surprising amount of snow Saturday morning at several Lake Tahoe ski resorts. And there’s more good news for skiers and snowboarders – Lake Tahoe awaits a Tuesday snow storm.
According to Snow Forecaster Bryan Allegretto, before the storm moves out of the Lake Tahoe region Tuesday evening it could result in 3-18 inches at Lake Tahoe ski resorts. That would be the first significant snow accumulation for many Lake Tahoe ski resorts since November.
Several Lake Tahoe ski resorts received 1-2 inches of snow Saturday. Sunday (Jan. 7) is expected to be mostly sunny and mild with less wind and highs in the 40’s, to near 50 at the bases.
However, the weather changes Monday when a storm is expected to move in by afternoon. Snow will drop at higher elevations, but major changes take place Tuesday, according to Snow Forecaster. “We may see a heavy burst of snow even to lake level before the storm clears out Tuesday evening.
Mt. Rose ski resort in nearby Nevada had the Lake Tahoe region’s largest amount of snow Saturday with 10 inches. Kirkwood Mountain also woke up to a pleasant surprise Saturday morning with 8 inches of fresh snow.
Mt. Rose and Kirkwood weren’t the only Lake Tahoe resorts to receive a surprising amount of snow overnight. Two other Vail Resort properties – Northstar California and Heavenly Mountain – both received 6 inches of new snow. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows received 4 inches, while both Sierra-at-Tahoe and Diamond Peak recorded 3 inches. The other seven Lake Tahoe ski resorts were reporting no snow from Friday’s storm.
“It was great to see the weather pattern beginning to switch. Skies are clearing (Saturday) afternoon, but don’t let that fool you, as we are tracking a much stronger storm for next Monday and Tuesday with significant rainfall and snowfall expected,” said Vail Resorts spokesperson Kevin Cooper. “Recent National Weather Service forecast models have the liquid totals (QPF) trending upward.”
Lake Tahoe ski resorts received barely any snow from Mother Nature in December. But thanks to low temperatures throughout the month, snow-making was prevalent and all 14 Lake Tahoe ski resorts were open for the Christmas holidays.