As has been the norm this year, the current storm hitting the Sierra is losing steam. That’s the bad news.The good news is it is still one of the best storms of the season, and even though it may not leave 3 feet of snow on the ground down to lake level, it should still leave three to six feet up high (above 7,000′) as the mountains wring all the moisture out of it that they can.
The other good news is this is a classic Sierra storm that starts warm and ends cold, leaving a snowpack that is “right side up.” A lot of folks think the rain that has been falling down low the past two days is bad, but with two fatalities on the records already for the Tahoe area, a bit of rain should help to cure the snowpack and deliver us from the deadly consequences of a thin, cold, persistently weak layer lurking down low. But don’t rely on me about that – be sure to check the avalanche forecast and the fine print as detailed below the hazard rose.
Don’t believe me? Check out Tahoe Weather Discussion to get a weather geeks perspective and more background info on what’s fallen, and what is to come. And check out Snow-Forecast to see the blow-by-blow forecast in 6-hour increments.