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By ccrossen | October 17, 2017

Winter ’17-18 is getting a bit of a slow start in Tahoe. Other areas are having all-time early seasons, and we have a little dusting on tap for later this week, but, overall, we’re looking dry for the near-term. Hang tight and enjoy the fall. One of the nicest falls we’ve had in a long, long time. This weather will change starting Thursday, as a very windy and brisk system drops down into N. California. We don’t expect much precip, but above 7,500 we should see light snow. Then we have a warm-up starting again Sunday.

From NWS Reno:

Primary weather concern for this week will be the approaching storm
system for Thursday and Friday. Model simulations continue to trend
towards less rain/snow and more wind. Ridge winds will increase
significantly with this storm with gusts between 80-100 mph
possible. Wind gusts of this magnitude are pretty typical for
fall/winter storms. A weak moisture feed with this storm will
provide some chances for precipitation across areas north of
Highway 50, but the amounts are looking lower than previous model
runs have shown. Wind gusts along the cold frontal passage
Thursday afternoon/evening will likely be around 40 to 50 mph with
locally higher wind gusts to 60 mph possible. There are fire
weather concerns with the gusty winds too, so be sure to check out
the Fire Weather Discussion below. Downslope enhancement is
feasible, but it would be right along and with the cold FRONT
Thursday evening. Minor changes from day-to-day have made it
difficult to pin down the downslope potential. Just know we are
keeping an eye on it!

Precipitation will likely occur with this storm especially along the
Sierra crest and north of Highway 50, but amounts have been reduced
since we first started talking about the storm. It looks like we
could get between 0.25 and 0.50 inch for northeast CA, Tahoe basin,
and near the Sierra crest (mainly north of Tioga Pass) with lighter
amounts elsewhere.

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