Weather conditions vary across the Forest, where elevation ranges from 1,500 feet in the American River Canyon to over 9,400 feet over Mount Lola at the Sierra Nevada crest. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather. Check the forecast before you adventure out.
Weather presented through USDA Forest Service sites is public domain and derived from data from the National Weather Service. The USDA Forest Service is not responsible for the accuracy of this data.
Current Weather Forecast
Truckee Area Weather (Natl. Weather Service Point Forecast)
Blue Canyon/Emigrant Gap Area (Natl. Weather Service Point Forecast)
Tahoe NF Fire Weather (NOAA)
National Weather Service-- Sacramento
Sierra Avalanche Center
Current Weather Observations
Truckee Airport (National Weather Service)
Blue Canyon/Emigrant Gap (National Weather Service)
California Fire Weather Forecast (NOAA)
Check out the Snow Report for current information and links to data sites for up to the moment snowfall information.
Central Sierra Avalanche Advisory
This advisory is updated daily during winter storm cycles. It may not be updated between weather events.
Here's some helpful information about winter travel:
State Highway Information
[Photo: Snow Plow]
California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) maintains and operates the State Highways within the National Forest. Current Highway conditions are available through the following CalTrans links:
This link provides information about national forest roads. For state highway information, visit the California Road conditions site linked above.
Follow this link for information on national forest roads. More...
Reservoir and Lake Storage Data
This is a California Department of Water Resources site. Information on the current water storage levels and total capacities on the major reservoirs in California such as, Boca Reservoir, Bowman Lake, French Meadows Reservoir, Jackson Meadows Reservoir, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Prosser Reservior and Stampede Reservoir is available here.
Fires and Emergencies
When a large fire or emergency occurs on the Forest, we will provide up-to date information on our Incident site via this link: