and Your Wedding
One of the most common questions we get
involves outdoor weddings in Lake Tahoe.
What will the weather be like on my wedding day? When is it safe to
plan an outdoor wedding in Lake Tahoe? There are no absolute answers to
these questions. A general answer would be that you can usually rely on
the weather between mid-May and mid-October. If you're planning a
casual wedding on the beach where you hope everyone will be able to go
swimming, then July and August are your best bet. But keep in mind it
can, and often does snow in every month of the year. Often more
important than whether it's snowing is what the wind is doing. A cold
wind can be much more uncomfortable and persistent than a spring or
summer snow shower. And trust me when I say you would much rather have
snow than rain during your ceremony. The key is to be prepared for any
eventuality that may arise, such as wind, cold, or snow. Now that we've
scared you, consider that the summer weather is generally more reliable
here than most places on this planet.
Lake Tahoe Weather
Most people outside of the
California/Northern Nevada region think of Lake Tahoe as a world class
ski destination, and they're right. What most don't know (coming from
Florida I certainly didn't) is what a popular summer destination we
have here. Actually, the summers bring in more tourists than the
winter. Why, you ask. It's simple. The weather is outstanding! When the
temperature in Sacramento and Reno nears the century mark, it is
approaching 80 here. A typical July day starts off at 40 degrees but
climbs rapidly to an average of 79 degrees (averages). Also coming from
Florida I was used to the daily thunderstorms that you could set your
watch to. Here they are almost non-existent. The main event which could
hamper any fun plans would be occasional high wind.
The winters are equally mild, with an average January day ranging from
15 to 41 degrees. Compare that to Vail which ranges from 0 to 31, or
Jackson Hole (5 to 28), or Stowe (1 to 25). Mild does not mean we don't
get snow. We do, and lots of it. In fact, Kirkwood Mountain Resort
averages over 500 inches of snow per season!
discussion. Meyers - Typically issued 3 times daily. This
will give higher snow totals than other forecasts, since Meyers is
closer to the Sierra crest.
Tahoe weather discussion
Weather discussion and forecast by local
meteorologist and outdoor enthusiast Bryan Allegretto (formerly
10 Day Forecast -
NWS 7 Day -
Stateline - South Lake Tahoe - Tahoe City - Incline Village - Kirkwood
Custom forecast for
Tahoe resorts from Snowforecast.com
Lake Tahoe Radar Links
Weather.com 600 mile
interactive Doppler Loop - Zoom and Pan wherever you like. I
also find this radar to be very accurate with snow levels. It helps me
to know where to ski. The downside is that it can be slow to load and
weather.com often has obnoxious ads.
Weather.com - West
Coast US Satellite
GOES 10-West CONUS
Infrared - That means
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite #10 West Continental
Imagery - From Intellicast.
Shows the origin of the storms.
NASA Satellite Images -
Interactive Weather Satellite Images
Meteorologist Info - Details on
the study of weather and the atmosphere
California and Nevada
Road Condition Links
All Lake Tahoe California roads. Can be a bit overwhelming so singled out links are below.
89 (includes Emerald Bay and Luther Pass)
88 (to Kirkwood, includes the Carson Spur and Carson Pass
Highway 50 (Echo Summit)
Summit (SR 267)
Nevada Road Conditions -
includes Spooner Pass, Mount Rose Highway
(SR431), Kingsbury Grade (SR207), as well as Highway 395 and more.
Avalanche Center - Daily
avalanche reports and advisories for the central Sierra, from Sonora
Pass north to Yuba Pass
Sierra Snow Depths from Snotel reporting
stations. You decide which
one and for what time period.
Snow Crystals.com - If your
fascinated by snow, you'll love this
El Niño or La Niña info
- River flow information.