Lake Effect Snow Comes to Nevada

I watched in interest this morning as lake effect snow bands off Lake Tahoe brought snow to western Nevada.  I researched lake effect snow bands for my Master’s thesis, so I’m naturally interested in the phenomenon.  Of course, I never considered lake effect from Lake Tahoe.  I’m not sure how common this is in the area.  Maybe someone in the area can help me out.

Anyway, I thought I would post a portion of this article from The Record-Courier out of Nevada, including the picture posted to the left.  Click on this link to read the articles in its’ entirety.

Heavy snow weighed down trees and utility wires in central Carson Valley on Sunday morning.

A National Weather Service spotter in Sheridan Acres reported 6.5 inches of snow fell in the Sierra foothills since 11 p.m. Saturday. Lower elevations in the Valley received between 3 and 4 inches of snow.

Lake effect snows dropped snow in a band from South Lake Tahoe across Carson Valley.

Heavy snow caused power lines to arc at about 8:45 a.m. at Main Street and Candy Dance Lane in Genoa, prompting firefighters to call the power company. Power is out to the west side of the highway, according to firefighters onscene.

A large branch blocked Fifth Street in Minden between County Road and Mono Avenue.

A report of a power line arcing on Russell between Muir and Wheeler in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Much of the snow fell between Genoa and Minden, with the National Weather Service reporting most falling just west of the Douglas County seat.

Snow weighed down trees, which still have their green leaves.

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3 Responses to Lake Effect Snow Comes to Nevada

  1. pyeager says:

    Lake-effect snow from Lake Tahoe is not that common, and I believe it’s because the lake is generally too cold for the needed contrast–although the presence of the lake does enhance snowfall on a regular basis.

    http://cloudyandcool.com/2009/10/05/lake-effect-snow-in-october/

    • Steve J says:

      This may explain yesterday’s occurrence. Obviously, there was some cyclonic motion and associated forcing in the area with snow falling in the mountains of Oregon. Maybe the additional convection off Lake Tahoe with the cold temperatures aloft resulted in the lake effect snow. Of course, that’s common with most lake effect snow off the Great Lakes. Once high pressure and anticyclonic motion build into the area, the lake effect snow usually shuts down. Interesting to say the least.

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