Lake Tahoe Weather and Climate

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    Lake Tahoe Weather and Climate

    Average Weather at Lake Tahoe (English Units)
    ••• Average Weather at Lake Tahoe (English Units).

    Getting today's weather or a forecast for the upcoming week is easy, but if you want to know what the weather might be 6 months from now - or whenever you're planning your Lake Tahoe trip - some averages may be more helpful.

    Lake Tahoe weather is nice most of the time. It gets an average of 250 to 300 sunny days a year. Humidity is very low, especially in summer. Water temperatures range from 32 degrees Fahrenheit in winter to 68 degrees in the summer.

    If You're Planning a Lake Tahoe Vacation, go to the​ ​Lake Tahoe vacation planner for more information. Page 2 of this guide gives some tips for what to wear to Lake Tahoe and what to pack if you're going there.

    Do You Think Metric?

    Click on over to page 3 to find the same information °C and cm.

    A Few Things You May Not Know About Lake Tahoe Weather

    • You already know that averages aren't perfect predictors, but they can give you an idea. The graphs summarize the typical conditions at a glance.
    • No matter when you go to Tahoe,...MORE always expect colder temperatures and more snow at higher elevations.
    • If it's winter, you're at sea level and it's raining, it is (or will be) snowing at Tahoe.
    • Lake Tahoe's elevation is more than 6,000 feet (1,800 m). Winter storms are common. It's easy to get caught unprepared if clear skies give way to fast-approaching blizzards.
    • From September through June, winter storms are possible at Lake Tahoe and drivers should know the rules about snow chains to avoid costly traffic tickets.

     Lake Tahoe Weather Records

    • The highest recorded temperature at Lake Tahoe was 99°F (37°C) in 1988. South Lake Tahoe's record low was -14° F (-25°C)  in 2013.
    • At lake level, snowfall averages 125 inches (318 cm). The ski resorts get 300 to 500 inches (760 to 1270 cm) of snow per year. In December, 1990 a cold east wind coated the lake's west shore in ice.
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    What to Wear, What to Pack for Your Lake Tahoe Trip

    These tips will help you figure out what to pack for your Lake Tahoe trip
    ••• These tips will help you figure out what to pack for your Lake Tahoe trip. Ernesto Huang/Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    What to Wear at Lake Tahoe

    You know how to match temperature to your wardrobe selection, so this list focuses more on style and practical considerations you might not think of.

    • What to wear depends a lot on the season, but no matter when you go, Tahoe is a casual place.
    • Few restaurants have dress codes. If you want to get dressed up a little, men can get by with a nice shirt and trousers and women can wear a nice dress and shoes.
    • Pack another extra layer if you plan to take one of the several rides to the mountaintops. Temperatures are much cooler up there.
    • The sun is harder on your skin at high elevation. Hats with brims are a good idea.
    • Sturdy shoes with thick soles and good traction if you plan to go hiking

    What to Pack for Lake Tahoe

    These are a few things that I have found helpful to have along when going to Lake Tahoe:

    • The air in the mountains can be very dry, especially in winter. Avoid an emergency trip to the local store by bringing lots of lotion, moisturizer and eye drops. If your...MORE nose tends to dry out quickly, add a bottle of saline nose spray to keep it moister.
    • Strong sunscreen is a good idea, higher SPF than you might use at home. 
    • If your hair tends to fall flat in dry weather, bring additional products to keep it fluffed up, especially in winter.
    • In winter, you might need an umbrella or raincoat - or a pair of snowshoes. Check the forecast before you go. It's unlikely to rain in summer.
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    Lake Tahoe Weather and Climate (Metric Units)

    Average Weather at Lake Tahoe (Metric Units)
    ••• Average Weather at Lake Tahoe (Metric Units).

    If you're more comfortable with Celsius and centimeters than Fahrenheit and inches and these graphs are just for you.

    If you prefer those units of measure, then we're guessing that you may be an international visitor. If you are, you're not alone.

    Besides the information on the previous page, here are a few more things that may help you plan your trip: