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.
We’re in a pleasant time while the storm track concentrates on the states of Oregon and Washington. It looks like the entire week at the lake will be more like Spring, with temperature highs in the upper 50s.
But the weather service says that unsettled weather may very well return next week. It’s too far out for any specifics at this time but their forecast models are indicating a change is likely.