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SPECIAL STORM UPDATE: 4 feet likely by Thursday

Feb. 29, 2012

Winter if finally here.

A cold Pacific storm that might be the best of the season is in full force over Tahoe this morning, with 8 to 12 inches of new snow overnight and several more hours to go with snow falling at rates of two inches to three inches per hour. So far the north side has gotten the better of this storm, but there will be significant accumulations throughout the region by the time things wrap up on Thursday.

Snow should taper to widespread showers this afternoon but is likely to continue, off and on, through Thursday morning. A secondary wave of energy on Thursday will give us one last burst of snow before things start to settle down.

This system has been accompanied by high winds, with gusts over 100 mph along the Sierra Crest. Winds have subsided a bit this morning but will pick up again as the front moves through, and then again when Thursday’s system arrives.

By the end of the day on Thursday we should have close to two feet of snow along the lake and three to four feet of new snow above 7000 feet, on top of the foot we got Sunday night.

A ridge of high pressure building over the west starting on Friday will bring a warming trend, with temperatures by Sunday above normal for this time of the year.

See www.tahoeloco.com for updates.

High temperatures

Lake Level

Thursday 34
Friday 39
Saturday 50
Sunday 55

7000 feet

Thursday 32
Friday 48
Saturday 54
Sunday 54

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