2020-2021 Winter Forecast

With all the recent chat about the weather and praying for rain, our real estate and property management team in Lake Tahoe is focused forward and thinking good thoughts for a wet and snowy winter ahead for the northern part of the Country.

When it all comes down to it, whether the forecasted return of La Nina pushes the white stuff above our region is up for debate.


NOAA’s winter forecast for the U.S. favors warmer, drier conditions across the southern tier of the U.S., and cooler, wetter conditions in the North, thanks in part to an ongoing La Nina. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service — are also closely monitoring persistent drought during the winter months ahead, with more than 45% of the continental U.S. now experiencing drought.

"NOAA's timely and accurate seasonal outlooks and short-term forecasts are the result of improved satellite observations, more detailed computer forecast modeling, and expanding supercomputing capacity," said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. "From expansive and multi-hazard winter storms to narrow but intense lake effect snow, NOAA will provide the necessary information to keep communities safe."

Currently, large areas of drought extend over the western half of the U.S., with parts of the Northeast also experiencing drought and near-record low stream flows. With a La Nina climate pattern in place, southern parts of the U.S. may experience expanded and intensifying drought during the winter months ahead. 

“With La Nina well established and expected to persist through the upcoming 2020 winter season, we anticipate the typical, cooler, wetter North, and warmer, drier South, as the most likely outcome of winter weather that the U.S. will experience this year,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

HOWEVER ... what about the actual precipitation?

Wetter-than-average conditions are most likely across the northern tier of the U.S., extending from the Pacific Northwest, across the Northern Plains, Great Lakes and into the Ohio Valley, as well as Hawaii and northern Alaska. The greatest chances for drier-than-average conditions are predicted in the Southwest, across Texas along the Gulf Coast, and in Florida. More modest chances for drier conditions are forecast in southern Alaska, and from California across the Rockies, Central Plains and into the Southeast. The remainder of the U.S., including the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, falls into the category of equal chances for below-, near-, or above-average precipitation.


Regardless of the weather which is always hard to predict, don’t let the thought of your home sitting alone while you’re gone make you lose sleep at night.  At Sun Bear Realty and Property Management we have been taking care of the management needs for Incline Village and Crystal Bay, NV, residents for over 20 years, and we welcome the opportunity to do the same for you.

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  • Housecleaning
  • General maintenance
  • Snow removal
  • Lawn and yard care
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  • Complete website listing
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  • Professional photography & copy writing
  • Collection & payout of lodging taxes
  • Monthly & year-end statements

Let us set your mind at ease. Call us today for a complementary review of your home and our professional services to keep the snow clear this winter.