Greater Lake Tahoe Area Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Winter Storm Warning
Issued: 11:38 AM PST Jan. 20, 2019 – National Weather Service

... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4 am PST Monday...

* changes... increased snow amounts for tonight.

* What... heavy snow. Storm total snow accumulations of 6 to 18
inches, except 12 to 24 inches above 7000 feet. Some locations
along the Sierra crest could see around 3 feet of snow. Winds
gusting as high as 90 mph over ridges with gusts up to 40 mph
elsewhere.

* Where... greater Lake Tahoe area.

* When... until 4 am PST Monday. Heaviest snow expected between 2
PM and 11 PM.

* Additional details... travel could be very difficult to
impossible at times from this afternoon into early Monday
morning. Snow levels will be around 7000 feet, affecting
mountain passes during the daytime, then drop rapidly to Lake
Tahoe level later this afternoon. Strong winds could cause
damage to snow laden trees.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Avoid travel if possible, you could be stuck in your vehicle for
many hours. If you must travel, prepare for long delays and carry
an emergency kit with extra food, water and clothing. If you stay
home, have a backup plan in case of power outages.

The latest Road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.





Avalanche Warning
Issued: 8:41 AM PST Jan. 20, 2019 – National Weather Service

The following message is transmitted at the request of the Forest
service Sierra avalanche center.

The Sierra avalanche center in Truckee has issued a backcountry
avalanche warning for the following areas:

Greater Lake Tahoe

* timing... in effect from Sunday 12 PM PST to Monday 7 am PST.

* Affected area... central Sierra Nevada mountains between Yuba
Pass (hwy 49) on the north and Ebbetts Pass (hwy 4) on the
south, including the greater Lake Tahoe area.

* Avalanche danger... high avalanche danger exists in the
mountains.

* Reason/impacts... heavy rain and snow with existing weak layers
in the snowpack have created very dangerous and complex
avalanche conditions. Widespread, large, and destructive
avalanche activity is likely in the mountains. Natural
avalanches are likely and human-triggered avalanches are very
likely.

* Precautionary / preparedness actions... travel in avalanche
terrain is not recommended.

Consult https://www.Sierraavalanchecenter.Org/ or
www.Avalanche.Org for more detailed information.

Similar avalanche danger may exist at locations outside the
coverage area of this or any avalanche center.



841 am PST sun Jan 20 2019

The following message is transmitted at the request of the Forest
service Sierra avalanche center.

The Sierra avalanche center in Truckee has issued a backcountry
avalanche warning for the following areas:

Greater Lake Tahoe

* timing... in effect from Sunday 12 PM PST to Monday 7 am PST.

* Affected area... central Sierra Nevada mountains between Yuba
Pass (hwy 49) on the north and Ebbetts Pass (hwy 4) on the
south, including the greater Lake Tahoe area.

* Avalanche danger... high avalanche danger exists in the
mountains.

* Reason/impacts... heavy rain and snow with existing weak layers
in the snowpack have created very dangerous and complex
avalanche conditions. Widespread, large, and destructive
avalanche activity is likely in the mountains. Natural
avalanches are likely and human-triggered avalanches are very
likely.

* Precautionary / preparedness actions... travel in avalanche
terrain is not recommended.

Consult https://www.Sierraavalanchecenter.Org/ or
www.Avalanche.Org for more detailed information.

Similar avalanche danger may exist at locations outside the
coverage area of this or any avalanche center.