Winter Weather Returns

This morning it’s cool and breezy. A wind warning goes into effect at 11 AM so it’s likely to get much breezier

Beginning tonight there is cold, winter-like weather coming in with some snow, frosty winds, and slick roads for much of the day Sunday and all of Sunday night.

Get out the jackets and tire chains, they may come in handy.

Yosemite News

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Photo: Yosemite Conservancy

Here are a couple of items about Yosemite National Park.

For you adventurous folks, the Half Dome cables will be up beginning Friday, June 2. I believe reservations are necessary so you might want to check in advance.

Crews on Tioga Road (SR 120) are still plowing through deep snow of 6′ to 10′ and drifts as deep as 20′. It will probably be the latter part of June before the road is opened. Till then there is no access to the park from the east via the Tioga Pass entrance.

Spring Weather

We’ve been having some beautiful spring weather. Mild temperatures, mostly light breezes, and sunny days.

It appears, however, that a week or more of stormy and unsettled weather is almost upon us.

Rain, snow, thunderstorms, wind, and colder air is in the forecast and the weather folks are feeling rather confident about it.

If you are planning to come up here be prepared for a full array of weather.

Looking Ahead

As Spring begins there is already considerable snowmelt occurring in the lower elevations, especially around lake level. In fact many places are completely snow-free.

The lake is only a couple of feet below what’s considered completely full and is expected to reach that level once the runoff from the upper elevations begins. They’ve been releasing water through three gates at the dam and as the lake continues to rise more gates will probably have to be opened.

Needless to say there will be plenty of rafting opportunities this Spring and Summer. In fact there may be too much water for awhile because there are some low clearance bridges between the dam and the take-out point and if the water is too high a raft can’t pass under them.

The roads took a real beating this past winter so be prepared for a lot of delays while the road crews work to repair potholes and such. Hey, if you gotta be stuck in traffic there probably isn’t a more scenic place to sit and wait than Tahoe.

Active Weather

After about a week of warm and mostly sunny days, unsettled weather is due to return to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada for the next week.

The weather service is predicting a series of storms consisting of rain or snow, depending on the elevation. Probably mostly rain at lake level.

The passes will probably be snow covered however so driving over them may be a challenge.

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Great Weekend

Although we have overcast skies this morning those clouds are supposed to clear out later.

The weekend forecast is for clear and sunny skies with daytime temperatures in the upper 50s.

Looks like a perfect time for hitting the slopes, cross-country skiing, or a snowshoe trek.

All of the main roads are open and clear.

Below is a webcam image from Diamond Peak.

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