After recent very warm spring weather, forecasters from the National Weather Service Office in Reno are heralding the return of stormy weather this week with periods of gusty winds, rain, mountain snow, and much cooler temperatures. The first storm is expected Tuesday with a second, potentially stronger storm, for the end of the week.
Precipitation is expected to begin in the Sierra late tonight with the heaviest precipitation expected Tuesday morning through early afternoon. Winds will pick up today with the stronger winds expected Tuesday.
Weather experts are looking for total precipitation amounts of 1 to 1.5″ along the Sierra crest with only trace amounts in western Nevada. Snow levels will start at 7000 – 8000 feet Tuesday morning dropping to 5500 – 6500 feet by Wednesday morning.
Snow accumulations along higher Sierra passes (Carson, Echo, Mt. Rose) of 4-8 inches will be possible Tuesday. Donner Pass could see occasional slushy accumulations Tuesday with accumulating snow on the road becoming more likely Tuesday evening as snow levels drop. A few inches of snow may accumulate at lower elevations around the Tahoe Basin and Mammoth Lakes Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Here in the Honey Lake Valley the Susan River will see significant rises, but no flooding is currently forecast.
For more information you can always find current conditions at LassenWeatherNetwork.com.