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January 20, 2012
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Lake Tahoe weather: Winter storm warning Friday night; more than 2 feet of snow possible

LAKE TAHOE — A winter storm warning will be in effect for the Truckee/Tahoe region from 7 p.m. Friday through 10 a.m. Saturday, The National Weather Service reports.

Snow will develop late Friday afternoon and increase overnight, NWS reports, with a period of very heavy snow (snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour) expected Friday night.

Two or more feet of snow is expected above 8,000 feet, 1 to 2 feet is possible above 7,000 feet and 6 inches to a foot is likely at lake level.

“The highest amounts will occur along the west side of the Lake Tahoe Basin,” NWS reports.

Southwest winds will increase into Friday night, with gusts up to 55 mph expected at lake level, with Sierra ridge gusts forecast at 125 mph.

Snow levels will rise to about 7,500 feet by early evening, then falling to lake level by early Saturday morning.

Dangerous driving conditions will be present during the storm, with visibility near zero at times. Travel delays are anticipated; snow tire and chain restrictions will be en effect along all major mountain passes.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 20, 2012 01:53PM Published Jan 20, 2012 01:52PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.