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:
as of 2/24/2014
- The first storm is expected in the late Wednesday afternoon through Thursday period. The heaviest snows will occur late Wednesday night and around daybreak Thursday morning. See the attached graphic for our current rain/snow expectations. The Sierra passes such as Hwy 50, 80, 88, and Mt Rose will be impacted. Snow levels will dip to around 5500 feet Thursday morning, with some light rain spilling over into western Nevada early Thursday morning. Forecast confidence is medium to high – but some changes to snow level and amount forecasts are possible over the next couple days.
- Another storm is expected to impact CA/NV in the Friday – Saturday timeframe. We have less forecast confidence with this one — the track of the storm is uncertain which would impact who gets precipitation. The heaviest is likely to go into southern California, but portions of the Sierra south of Tahoe could pick up a foot or two of snow at the highest elevations. Travel impacts to Hwy 395 are likely during a busy travel period. Rain or snow showers down to around 5500 feet are likely for the remainder of our region, including Reno, Susanville, and Fallon – but accumulations are uncertain at this time.
National Weather Service Reno.
El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini and the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services along with the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit are advising backcountry enthusiasts to be cautious of current avalanche conditions.
As of Friday morning, avalanche conditions were reported as considerable, according to the sheriff’s office. The latest storm brought heavy wet snow, which added to the avalanche dangers. Those who plan to be in the backcountry are advised to check the current avalanche conditions prior to departure.
Those who venture into the backcountry are advised to always recreate with a buddy, have a plan, stick to the plan, make sure someone else knows your plan and what to do if you’re overdue. Always go out into the backcountry prepared for the weather and any potential problem you may encounter.
Visit www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/advisory for current avalanche dangers.
Sierra Avalanche Center – Get the latest Avalanche updates for the area.