By Jeff M. PricePublished Dec 06, 2018 12:37:38The winter storm, which has dumped more than 2 feet of snow on the Plains of Abraham, will begin to dissipate Thursday night into Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
A more severe winter storm is expected to dump up to 6 inches of snow and snow showers, with more intense rainfall, on the mountain, including in Lake Tahoes.
Snow has been falling on the Tahoe Plateau and the snowpack in the Plains, with a record high in January at 3,922,000 acre-feet.
Snow is expected Thursday evening and Friday morning as a snowstorm.
“The snowpack will be very dry,” NWS meteorologist Eric Ziegler said.
“The snow will be a little thicker than it was this morning, but we are getting more moisture in the air.
We expect more moisture to come in Thursday night, but more moisture will start to build up Friday morning.
That will be another snowstorm.”
Snow will also be falling in the north-central part of the Plains.
Snow in the western half of the Basin is forecast to be 4 to 6 feet thick and will be in the high 40s, with high winds.
The Sierra Nevada snowpack is expected in the 40s in some parts, but will be lower than normal.
The area south of Tahoe is expected between 30 to 45 inches of rain.
The snowstorm is expected from around 9 p.m.
Thursday until 4 a.m., and will continue into Friday.
The storm will be expected to bring strong winds and heavy snowfall.
“It will be an extremely dangerous snowstorm, with the possibility of serious accidents and even fatalities,” Ziegle said.
Snow is forecasted to be heaviest in the northern half of Lake TahOE, with some parts getting as much as 6 feet of water.
“This is a very dangerous snow event for everyone,” Zigler said, adding that the National Guard and other agencies are responding to the situation.
The snow is forecast for the northern and southern sections of the Lake Tahoa Basin, with heavy accumulations near the mouth of the river and up the Sierra Nevada.
Lake Tahoe has been experiencing its warmest January on record, with temperatures reaching 81 degrees Fahrenheit, according the National Climatic Data Center.