Welcome to El Dorado County Search and Rescue – Lake Tahoe Unit
We are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preparing for and executing search and rescue missions in South Lake Tahoe and the surrounding wilderness areas.
Our team of 30-40 members is led by a cadre of sworn Sheriff’s deputies. On average we conduct about 80 real-world missions per year
In addition to basic Search and Rescue teams, we field Nordic, Snowmobile/OHV, Technical Rope Rescue, Swift Water, K-9 and Command specialty teams.
Upcoming Weather for Lake Tahoe Area: NWS Lake Tahoe Web Page
As of 11/20/2014
- Thursday – a somewhat weak fast moving storm will bring periods of rain and mountain snows mainly in the afternoon and evening hours today. Forecast confidence is medium. We should see a period of spillover rain into western Nevada along with several inches of snow accumulation above 6500 feet in the Sierra — that will create slick roads including I-80 and Hwy 50. Snow levels remain a little tricky — there’s a chance snow levels could drop to near 5500 feet meaning light accumulation near Truckee and some passes in the northern Sierra.
- Saturday — a vigorous storm is forecast to hit the area and this one will likely have some beefy winds with it. Much of western Nevada will be shadowed out of precipitation but south/southwest winds gusting 55-65 mph is becoming more likely, especially Saturday between about 4 AM and Noon. Wind prone areas will see higher gusts and Sierra ridges will gust over 80 mph. Snow wise – this is not looking to be a heavy hitter and snow levels will be higher than today. A few inches are possible in the Sierra, but confidence in the snow level forecast is low – they could range from 6000 to 8000 feet!
- Next Week – it’s a busy travel week so we’re keeping an eye on things. But honestly next week’s weather pattern has to be one of the lowest confidence patterns I’ve seen in a while. Our forecast projections range anywhere from cold with occasional snow to mild temps, high pressure, and little precipitation. So beyond consulting the Magic Eight Ball, I don’t have much else to say at this time. Just keep an eye on the forecast.
- New Winter Seasonal Outlook — perhaps a taste of optimism here. The latest seasonal predictions issued today have trended toward a wetter outcome for our region, at least for December. Confidence is still only low to medium but there are some signals that the storm track may frequent the area more than what we’ve been seeing. For the balance of winter through March, the latest updates continue to show no favored outcome – could be wet, could be dry.
National Weather Service Reno.